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?)
Cecil B. DeMille is at his DeMille-iest, Leatrice Joy is a charming lead, Thomas Meighan seems a bit confused and Lois Wilson steals every scene she’s in. Park inhibition and good taste at the door and enjoy!
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
The crazy kids get together even though he railroaded her into a manslaughter conviction.
Read my full-length review here.
If it were a dessert it would be: Chocolate Sin. It’s big and fake and not health food by any means but you also will have no leftovers.
Availability: Released on DVD by Kino.
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Another film I have always wanted to see as I love to see Leatrice Joy
I’m always fascinated when a theme or scene from a silent film turns up almost identically in a modern one. If anyone remembers the 1991 TV-movie ‘Shattered Silence,’ the scene where Bonnie Bedelia is showered, shampooed, and body-searched (for weapons concealed in her hair or elsewhere!) by the prison matrons is very similar to Lydia’s ordeal in ‘Manslaughter.’
Yes, some women-in-prison tropes are quite old. (There’s probably some 1890s French film that has all of them.)
Inspired by this fun size, we’re watching a Joy double bill on the coming weekend: Manslaughter and Eve’s Leaves.
Manslaughter is right near the top of a list of DeMIlle guilty pleasure films for me…yet somehow I never feel guilty watching it. 😀
Yes, it’s too bonkers for guilt. Just a total blast!
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