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Enchantment (1921)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 30 October 1921 (USA)
The frothy experiences of a vain little flapper. Her father induces an actor friend to become a gentlemanly cave man and the film becomes another variation of the 'Taming of the Shrew' ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert G. Vignola

Writers:

Frank R. Adams (story "Manhandling Ethel") (as Frank Ramsey Adams), Luther Reed
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Credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Ethel Hoyt
Forrest Stanley ... Ernest Eddison
Edith Shayne Edith Shayne ... Mrs. Hoyt
Tom Lewis Tom Lewis ... Mr. Hoyt
Arthur Rankin ... Tommy Corbin
Corinne Barker ... Nalia McCabe
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Leigh
Edith Lyle ... Fairy Tale Queen
Huntley Gordon ... Fairy Tale King
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emmet Foy Emmet Foy ... Male flapper #2
Julia Hurley ... Fairy tale crone
Gilbert Rooney Gilbert Rooney ... Male flapper #1
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The frothy experiences of a vain little flapper. Her father induces an actor friend to become a gentlemanly cave man and the film becomes another variation of the 'Taming of the Shrew' theme. Written by Anonymous

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The Story of the Taming of a Flapper. (Print Ad- Duluth Herald, ((Duluth, Minn.)) 8 April 1922)

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enchantement See more »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film aired on TCM November 2014 and is available on DVD, produced by Edward Lorusso with music by Donald Sosin. See more »

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Ernest Eddison: If you want *her* heart busted, get somebody who owns an ice-pick!
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Marion Davies Is Enchanting
27 April 2014 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Marion Davies stars as Ethel Hoyt, a beautiful, rich girl who is totally self-absorbed. She boasts in her diary that she can enchant men better than Cleopatra did in her day. She brags about toying with six Harvard seniors and how they jump at her every beck and call. She is condescending to her parents and treats them as clueless old things.

But daddy hatches a plan to "tame" his willful daughter. He hires an actor friend (Forrest Stanley) after seeing him in "The Taming of the Shrew." He persuades the actor to launch an amateur play in which Davies will star and publicly browbeat her.

The play is "Sleeping Beauty" with Marion as the princess and Stanley as the director and leading man. After belittling her in front of a pack of society matrons, she decides she despises him but goes on the with play. After all, who else could play the lead role? But lo and behold, Stanley falls in love with Davies (no surprise) and wins her over. Has she won again? The highlight of this film is the staged production of "Sleeping Beauty" in a series of scenes (supposedly at a socialite's house) that are gorgeously designed and quite elaborate. Along with dazzling costumes and sets, we are treated to flying fairies and witches, and multi-level sets that are beautifully lit.

The ending of the film, of course, is never in doubt although the final clinch is held off til the last second.

Marion Davies is excellent as Ethel, easily portraying the self-absorbed young woman who also has flashes of gaiety. Forrest Stanley is solid as the actor. Edith Shayne and Tom Lewis are the parents. Corinne Barker and Maude Turner Gordon are society ladies. Arthur Rankin plays Tommy the hapless college boy.

The film is stylishly directed by Robert Vignola, and the fabulous sets are by James Urban. The Long Island house and the Pierre (a tea room) sets boast the first use of European Modern (later art deco) decor in an American film.

My copy also boasts an excellent score by Donald Sosin.


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