Lon Chaney plays a heartbroken anarchist in this incredibly curious tale of terrorism and unrequited love. The suits apparently wanted to have their cake and eat it to: a torn-from-the-headlines political story without any actual politics.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: The Ace of Hearts (1921)”
Not directed by Cecil B. DeMille but with many of his trademarks, including love with exotic flashbacks. The plot is absolutely delicious hokum and involves both romance and archaeology.
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?)
Lon Chaney and Leatrice Joy are members of a secret society that likes to blow people to tiny little pieces. It’s all well and good until she gets married to another member and discovers that she’d rather give peace a chance. Yes, Lon’s heart gets broken. Yes, again.
Leatrice Joy plays a woman whose fiancé is more interested in unearthing 5,000-year-old mummies than in dating her. Instead of dumping the dude, she mopes and has historical flashbacks. So there.
Welcome back to After the Silents, where we examine the careers of silent movie personnel after the transition to sound. This time around, we’re going to be reviewing a post-WWII domestic comedy about a boarding house in New York. One of the tenants is played by Leatrice Joy, a huge favorite around these parts.
Leatrice Joy is hell on wheels and in a designer gown. She plays a wild heiress whose naughty ways catch up with her when she accidentally kills a police officer with her reckless driving. Her prosecutor boyfriend throws the book at her and she ends up in prison. Also, Roman orgies. Why yes, Cecil B. DeMille did direct!
What happens after Happily Ever After? Cecil B. DeMille, master of the modern fairy tale, attempts to answer the question in a story of two couple cross class and economic lines in the name of true love.
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What happens after Happily Ever After? Authors, filmmakers and columnists have all tackled that question but one of the best works examining life after the fairy tale comes from Cecil B. DeMille. An American Princess marries her chauffeur. An heir to a fortune marries the laundress. But that’s only the beginning…
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Leatrice Joy and William Boyd show Walter Long what’s what in Eve’s Leaves. Poor Bill was kidnapped by pirates but Leatrice was on hand to save the day. The pair fell in love over a mutual love of apples and a talent for punching villains. The movie is not politically correct by any means but features one of the most empowered heroines of the silent era.
(You can read my review here.)
Availability: Released on DVD.
Here is a lovely image from 1925 (published in Photoplay) of Leatrice Joy posing with Leatrice, Jr. Little Leatrice’s father was, of course, John Gilbert.
A quick note on the name that mother and daughter share. According to IMDB, Leatrice was going to be Beatrice until her mother remembered that her baby’s father had an old flame named Beatrice. So, she went down the alphabet until she found a letter that would change the name but keep the basic sound.
Leatrice, Sr. was a charming comedienne and one of the most stylish women of the silent screen. If you want to see the twenties roar, she is your girl.
Leatrice, Jr. would go on the be an author and one of her father’s staunchest defenders. She was instrumental in debunking the pernicious myth that John Gilbert’s career died because he had a funny voice. Hats off to her!