Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lady of the Night (1925)

Cute early Norma Shearer vehicle, pitting her “good” self against her split-screen “bad” self in a story of luxury vs. poverty (written in part by Adela Rogers St. Johns). The “hard” Shearer is delightfully over the top, the “sweet” one virginal to a ridiculous level; the whole picture is too trite a melodrama to take seriously, but it’s great fun watch Norma on her way to stardom. Fun Fact: during the scenes where the two Shearers embrace, a young Joan Crawford is Norma’s body double.

I give this one:

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