Silent Take: The Proposal circa 1920

When I first saw the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal, it struck me that it was made a few decades too late. (A woman boss with a male secretary? The lady proposing? And she is older? Oh, I shall surely faint at this daring! But she just wants to be romanced by her young man. Awww.)

If it had been made in the 60’s, the 40’s or even the 20’s, the story would have been much more natural. So, here it is as one of Cecil B. DeMille’s sassy comedies. It has two of his favorite performers, Geraldine Farrar and Wallace Reid, who also fit the May-December bill rather well. And the general concept would have truly upset the social norms of the 20’s, making a much more interesting film.


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