What do you do when your girlfriend’s dad says no to the wedding? Earn money by forging Eqyptian antiquities, of course!
Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman star as an unhappily married couple on the verge of a breakup. What he doesn’t know, though, is that his mousy wife has a sexy identical twin.
Constance Talmadge is married to Ronald Colman. While some women would kill for that problem, Connie is all set to run home to mother. She changes her mind when she has a chance meeting with her identical twin sister, a famous and famously sexy dancer. The women trade places and poor Ronald has no idea what hit him.
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Before sound movies revealed that, that, that voice*, Ronald Colman was a steady, likable (if unremarkable) lead in romantic comedies and dramas. In Her Night of Romance, Mr. Colman gets a snoot full and ends up returning to the house (and more importantly, the bedroom of the house) that he sold to Constance Talmadge. Of course, Connie forgives all. Wouldn’t you?
*Ronald Colman’s voice has been described as crushed velvet (why crushed?), just plain velvet, honeyed velvet (sounds sticky), smooth as silk, mellifluous, and the list goes on.
(You can read my full-length review here.)
Availability: Her Night of Romance received a high-quality DVD release from Kino as a double feature with another Connie/Colman collaboration, Her Sister from Paris.
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook (recipes of the stars!) and you are invited to tag along. (I have listed all the recipes I have tested on this dedicated page. Check back often.) Today, we will be testing a recipe from one of the major stars of the silent era and one half of the “other” acting sisters duo.
Constance Talmadge’s career is usually summed up as follows: While her sister, Norma, focused on dramas, Constance Talmadge was known for her light comedies. Of course, this doesn’t take into account that Norma did dabble in comedy and Constance’s most famous role, the Mountain Girl in Intolerance, was tragic in the extreme.
Constance specialized in romantic comedies, some of them co-starring a guy named Ronald Colman. Of all the major silent stars, the Talmadge’s are among the most forgotten. It is ironic that Natalie, the least famous sister in the silent era, is now the most viewed and discussed of the three due to her marriage to Buster Keaton and her starring role in one of his films.
Constance could do comedy but could she do dessert? That’s what we are going to find out.
The curiously-named Grape Nut Pudding is just that. You make a pudding out of Grape Nuts cereal. If you are unfamiliar with it, it is basically hard little beads of whole wheat. It contains neither grapes nor nuts. It’s one of the oldest cold cereals on the market. I like whole grain cereals but this one looks and tastes like a building material.
The recipe calls for you to soak the cereal in boiling water for quite a stretch. Either I mis-measured or too much water is called for because the resulting mush seemed entirely to wet. In any case, it took almost four times the allotted baking time. The edges crisped but the center remained raw and un-pudding-like. I kept stirring the cooked portion back in. Finally, it started to resemble a moist bread pudding.
Here it is plain. Didn’t look too promising but smelled good.
And here it is with the whipped cream. A big improvement. Whipped cream makes most desserts better.
And here is the taste test video:
(Excuse any quality issues. It was late and I was tired.)
My rating: 3 out of 5. The pudding tasted like bread pudding made from very wheaty bread. In fact, it tasted so much like bread pudding that I failed to see the point in making it. Why take the extra step of soaking the cereal when I can just slice up a loaf and make a pudding that is just as good? Photoplay describes that as a “pantry” recipe, that is, a recipe you can make with ingredients found in any kitchen. Well, as I do not much care for Grape Nuts, I think I am not the intended audience for this.
If you love both bread pudding and Grape Nuts, I can see giving this a try. It’s tasty enough and the classic pudding spices are excellent. It just seemed like it was a lot more work than it should have been.
Make this instead: Your favorite bread pudding recipe.
Constance Talmadge is an heiress who means to evade fortune hunters. Ronald Colman is a penniless aristocrat in need of a rich marriage. I think we all know where there is going. They end up having to fake being married. Now we really know where this is going. Colman is charming, if hampered by not being able to employ his famous velvet voice. Talmadge mugs a bit but does all right. A romantic comedy by the numbers.
If it were a desert it would be:
Airheads. Light and not terribly memorable.
You can read my full-length review here.
I think this is a fairly universal reaction to Ronald Colman. He’s just so… so…
Well, he’s so Ronald Colman!
This is from Her Night of Romance, a Constance Talmadge vehicle. Ronald supplies the romance, Constance supplies the comedy and a reasonably good time is had by all.
Ronald Colman is attempting to explain his nocturnal home invasion to an incredulous Constance Talmadge.
I think I will try this excuse next time I am in the doghouse.
Constance Talmadge is a lovely American heiress who travels to England disguised as a frump in order to ward off fortune-hunting men. Ronald Colman is a penniless aristocrat who falls for Constance and impersonates a physician to get a closer look. Chaos ensues. Of course. It’s a romantic comedy!
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This is how I react to those four words, how about you? What terrible news does this GIF symbolize for you? Let me know!
(Actually, Constance Talmadge was startled by Ronald Colman in Her Night of Romance but let’s have a bit of fun!)
Okay, here’s a little bit of advice for Ronald Colman: If you are posing as someone’s doctor, don’t diagnose. Just don’t do it. Especially if you have been, er, examining a hypochondriac heiress and have just told her she will live. Who know what she will do! Her Night of Romance continues…
Ronald Colman has had a few in Her Night of Romance. And he just sold his house. And the new occupant has taken residence. And it’s Constance Talmadge, whom he has just dumped.
Ronald Colman is trying to beat a retreat in Her Night of Romance but a “fainting” Constance Talmadge has a grip on his jacket and she is not letting go!