Fun Size Review: Lady of the Pavements (1929)

D.W. Griffith intrudes on the domain of Lubitsch and von Stroheim with this romance of Mitteleuropean nobility. The results are as inconsistent as the camera work but Lupe Valez waltzes off with the picture.

It’s not a bad movie so much as an incredibly generic one. Any pep is provided by Velez and Franklin Pagborn and, frankly, they couldn’t be dull if they tried. For Griffith completists only.

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

The rich boy decides he really does want the poor girl. Whodathunkit?

Read my full-length review here and do stay for the comments! I had a “How VERY dare you?!” Griffith fan with well and truly twisted panties.

If it were a dessert it would be: Candle Salad. Retro and clueless.

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8 Replies to “Fun Size Review: Lady of the Pavements (1929)”

  1. I’ve been yearning to see this pic for years, but it’s never shown up at any of the film festivals in my ‘circuit’ (i.e. museums and universities in NY, Boston, and everywhere in between.) I guess you West Coasters have the advantage on me now.

  2. “Griffith Completest.” There’s a title that should strike fear in the heart of any self respecting silent film fan.

  3. I thought you folks in the ‘Movies Silently’ community, like those attending film festivals, searching on Internet Archive, watching ‘Silent Sunday Nights’ on TCM, etc, are, like me, film ‘completists.’ I want to see all of Griffith’s, all of DeMille’s, all of Bobby Harron’s … in short, every silent (and early-talkie) film I can track down. After all, we only have 10 percent of all the silent-era output to work with – so much was lost (unless they turn up in Eastern Europe or something.)

    It burns me up when I see those major studios’ film shorts from the 30s and 40s that took scenes from silents and ran them with goofy sound effects and narration, basically making fun of them, when they should have been keeping an eye on the treasures that were by then already rotting away in the film canisters.

      1. Like Fritzi said, I was just referring to some of the Griffith worshipers out there – the ones that seem to think he can do no wrong and cannot abide any criticism of him or his work. Heck, I think there are only about 3 or 4 of Griffith’s silents that I haven’t seen besides Lady of the Pavements, and that’s only because I haven’t gotten around to watching them yet. And I do like some of his work: the shorts he did for Biograph are for the most part little masterpieces, and I genuinely enjoyed True Heart Susie and The Idol Dancer. I’ve been interested in film history ever since I saw my first Our Gang film back in the mid seventies, and even studied it in college; like you, I want to see every and any silent that I can, bad or good. In fact, if Lady of the Pavements showed up at the theater I see silents at, I’d get tickets in a heartbeat.

        If I offended you, I apologize. Sometimes I let my snark run away with me…

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