Fun Size Review: Manslaughter (1922)

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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  1. Shari Polikoff

    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.’

  2. Marie Roget

    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. 😀

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