Elinor Glyn’s story of love among the smart set is adapted to the screen as a silent film with talking sequences and the results are mixed, to say the least.
Billie Dove (the good girl) and Gwen Lee (the bad girl) take to sound like ducks to water but leading man Rod La Rocque (the boy everyone wants) is stiff, awkward and his Illinois accent does not suit his exotic persona at all. Add to that the fact that he acts like a jerk throughout the film and you have a not-too-appealing picture. Interesting for the sound angle but little else.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Despite acting like a bozo throughout, the boy still gets his girl.
If it were a dessert it would be: Low Fat Splenda Chocolate Chip Nut Raisin Cookies. Simultaneously too much and not enough.
Availability: Released on DVD by Warner Archive.
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