Clara Bow plays the baby vamp of Prescott College, who spends her time partying and drinking and dancing and romancing Donald Keith, the star athlete who was told to steer clear of such temptations. But flappers will be flappers.Continue reading “The Plastic Age (1925) A Silent Film Review”
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but I sometimes take detours. In this case, we’re tasting a very famous flapper’s foray into molded fish gelatin. Yay?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a pretty shop girl falls in love with the boss but then schemes and circumstances force them apart. Will these crazy kids find love? Clara Bow and Antonio Moreno star in Bow’s signature film.
A Clara Bow vehicle released during the height of her popularity, “Hula” refers to the main character’s name, as well as a dance. She likes Clive Brook but his pesky estranged wife is in the way. What’s a flapper to do? Fancy a bit of light terrorism?
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook but today, I’m taking a little detour to 1933 so that I can prepare a dessert contributed by Clara Bow. (You can catch up on all my past taste tests here.)
Clara Bow goes Hawaiian in this Victor Fleming-directed rom-com. The target of Miss Bow’s affections is a very shocked (and very married) Clive Brook. The whole thing is pretty much an excuse to get Clara into grass skirts and wet frocks but she sells it.
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Clara Bow is the only thing that makes this faux French romance worth seeing. A gangster gal with a heart of pyrite, Clara’s boyfriend is kidnapped by an eccentric rich guy who is determined to make an honest man of him. Clara responds with staging a seduction of her own. None of this is as fun as it sounds. A low budget bore but Clara is a gem.
[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Clara gets shot by her old gang on her wedding day (to the rich guy) but her old boyfriend recognizes her, there are tidy divorces and she turns out to be an aristocrat who was kidnapped as a baby and all ends with champagne and roses. Or something.[/toggler]
If it were a dessert it would be:
Faux Chicken Nuggets. Chicken or cake? Well, guessing is all the fun! Looks like one thing on the surface, is another inside. Guaranteed to disappoint or weird out anyone who tastes it.
Clara Bow is a Parisian Apache whose boyfriend is taken away by a do-gooder. Determined to show the goody-two-shoes a lesson, she decides to marry him. Yes, that is the plot they decided to go with. Bow’s frequent co-star, Donald Keith, is the purloined boyfriend.
Clara Bow takes on both Ernest Torrence and Percy Marmont in this battle of sexes, classes and generations. City girl Clara has married backwoodsman Torrence in haste and is at the “repenting in leisure” stage. Things perk up when Marmont shows up and Clara shows him just what made her the IT Girl. Sassy, brash and funny as anything, this film is an ideal showcase for Bow, who manages to steal the show from everyone.
Think silent movies are dusty? Meet Clara! The divine Miss Bow is a pretty city girl who winds up married to a stodgy Canadian trapper. Then a city man shows up and starts a flirtation with our bored little flapper. He gets more than he bargained for. Basically, this is the most fun you can legally have at the movies.
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