Fun Size Review: The Red Lily (1924)

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Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett– both best remembered for their unabashedly heroic roles– take a dip into some very dark waters with this Parisian drama. It’s all about an innocent young couple who are separated and slip into lives of crime, degradation, depression and hatred. If it sounds depressing, it is. However, it is also skillfully made (the gloom and decay are gloriously shot and the lighting is splendid) and Bennett’s acting is a revelation.

(You can read my full-length review here.)


[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Novarro scorns Bennett but repents when she gets shot saving him from the police. He allows himself to be arrested and sent to prison, she goes to a convent to recover and both reunite later to begin a new life together.[/toggler]

If it were a dessert it would be:


Bitter Orange Creme Brulee. Not for kids and not exactly sweet but certainly worth your time.

Availability: Released to DVD by Warner Archive with a score that, I am not kidding, is one of the finest I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

Scaramouche (1923) A Silent Film Review

Featuring the famous opening line, “he was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad,” Scaramouche is the tale of Andre-Louis,  a young lawyer (Ramon Novarro) who seeks to revenge the murder of his best friend at the hands a heartless aristocrat (Lewis Stone). To further his ends, Andre-Louis becomes an actor, a fencing master and, finally, an architect of the French Revolution.
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The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) A Silent Film Review

Rudolf (Lewis Stone) is an Englishman on holiday in the unstable European kingdom of Ruritania. It turns out that he is a dead ringer for the soon-to-be-crowned king (also Lewis Stone). This comes in handy when the king is kidnapped by his evil brother and Rudolf must take his place to save the kingdom. A young Ramon Novarro has a star-making turn as the theatrical (and homicidal) Rupert of Hentzau.

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