Pauline Garon stars as a trapeze artist who falls for a rich boy slumming at the circus. And he has a snobby fiancee and an overbearing father! We all know exactly where this is going, right?
As everyone knows, posh boys in silent films love nothing better than to marry bareback riders, trapeze artists and the like. In this case, a surgeon with daddy issues falls for an acrobat with double daddy issues. Seems to me that everything could have been solved with some therapy sessions.
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…even if you have to stalk them and distract them from their dinosaur skeletons until they agree to date you.
Poor Elliott Dexter! It’s Cecil B. DeMille’s Adam’s Rib and Dexter finds himself having to return a lady’s shoe to its proper place. A frightening prospects for a neurotic paleontologist. (This sequence was clearly one of the inspirations for the famous screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby.) Let’s just say that he ain’t no Prince Charming to her Cinderella. Good thing she likes him anyway.
Of course, you know they are going to end up together before the end.
You can read my review of the movie here.
More flapper shenanigans from Adam’s Rib! Pauline Garon and her mother, played by Anna Q. Nilsson, are both keen to have some alone time with their suitors. Of course, Anna is married and that leads to all sorts of problems. I mean, this is a Cecil B. DeMille marital comedy, what else could possibly happen?
In Adam’s Rib, Elliott Dexter is just sick, sick, of Pauline Garron’s assertive flapper. How dare she come and make passes at a respectable paleontologist such as he? Why, it is unthinkable that any scientist of repute would ever fall for such a girl!
And, yes, they are married before the final credits.
(But come to think of it, silent movies didn’t usually have final credits. Please humor me for the sake of the metaphor.)
Cecil B. DeMille takes another stab at the domestic comedy– this time with cavemen thrown in for good measure. The tale concerns married couple on the shady side of thirty. Their union seems doomed when the wife starts stepping out with an exiled aristocrat. The couple’s teenage daughter, a modern maiden, has other ideas and she intends to save her save the marriage at any cost– all while romancing a stuffy paleontologist.
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