Fun Size Review: Manslaughter (1922)

This film is grade-A, unadulterated junk food and thank goodness! This movie is pure fun, amiably corny and absolutely bonkers. The major setpiece involves a prosecutor flashing back to a Roman orgy (?) in the middle of a trial! (Lawyers, have you ever done this? How did it go over?)

Cecil B. DeMille is at his DeMille-iest, Leatrice Joy is a charming lead, Thomas Meighan seems a bit confused and Lois Wilson steals every scene she’s in. Park inhibition and good taste at the door and enjoy!

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

The crazy kids get together even though he railroaded her into a manslaughter conviction.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Chocolate Sin. It’s big and fake and not health food by any means but you also will have no leftovers.

Availability: Released on DVD by Kino.


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6 Replies to “Fun Size Review: Manslaughter (1922)”

  1. I’m always fascinated when a theme or scene from a silent film turns up almost identically in a modern one. If anyone remembers the 1991 TV-movie ‘Shattered Silence,’ the scene where Bonnie Bedelia is showered, shampooed, and body-searched (for weapons concealed in her hair or elsewhere!) by the prison matrons is very similar to Lydia’s ordeal in ‘Manslaughter.’

  2. Inspired by this fun size, we’re watching a Joy double bill on the coming weekend: Manslaughter and Eve’s Leaves.

    Manslaughter is right near the top of a list of DeMIlle guilty pleasure films for me…yet somehow I never feel guilty watching it. 😀

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