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Manslaughter (1922)

Not Rated | | Drama | 24 September 1922 (USA)
Society-girl thrill seeker Lydia causes the death of motorcycle policeman and is prosecuted by her fiancé Daniel who describes in lurid detail the downfall of Rome. While she's in prison she reforms and Daniel becomes a wasted alcoholic.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Jeanie Macpherson (adaptation), Alice Duer Miller (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leatrice Joy ... Lydia Thorne
Thomas Meighan ... Daniel J. O'Bannon
Lois Wilson ... Evans - Lydia's Maid
John Miltern John Miltern ... Gov. Stephan Albee
George Fawcett ... Judge Homans
Julia Faye ... Mrs. Drummond
Edythe Chapman ... Adeline Bennett
Jack Mower ... Drummond - Policeman
Dorothy Cumming ... Eleanor Bellington
Casson Ferguson ... Bobby Dorest
Michael D. Moore ... Dicky Evans (as Mickey Moore)
James Neill ... Butler
Sylvia Ashton Sylvia Ashton ... Prison Matron
Raymond Hatton ... Brown
Mabel Van Buren ... Prisoner
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Storyline

Lydia Thorne, a wealthy girl who loves speed and thrills, is unsympathetic when Evans, her maid, is jailed for stealing her jewels. District Attorney Daniel O'Bannon visits Lydia to make her see the error of her own ways, but instead views a scene of Lydia and her friends that reminds him of a Roman orgy. O'Bannon feels it is his duty, therefore, to send Lydia to jail for her own good when her automobile driving causes the death of a motorcycle policeman. Lydia is resentful, and her rebuff of O'Bannon, who has come to love her, causes him such remorse that he turns to drink and dissipation. Meanwhile, Lydia reforms, realizes she loves O'Bannon, and resolves to do charitable work. She and Evans open a soup kitchen after their release, and a chance meeting with O'Bannon starts him on the road to recovery. With Lydia's encouragement he becomes himself again, runs for governor, but withdraws his candidacy to marry Lydia when he sees that her record would be a liability to him in politics. Written by Pamela Short

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Taglines:

Wealth and Beauty Laugh at Laws See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

24 September 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asszony, aki megbűnhődött See more »

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Budget:

$385,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It is widely believed that this film contains the first same-sex romantic kiss, occurring in a scene set within a women's prison. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Drummond: It's fine, isn't it, for you to hide yourself from justice behind that veil - but what about this veil that you've made me wear? Your money can't give back my boy!
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Your basic programmer magazine story film
25 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Pretentious, preachy, magazine-style "sob story" film delivers on all its basic promises, which are few. There's the obligatory "Roman Orgy" scene, of course. Well, the "hero" is, although he's the D.A., inexplicably hanging out at a "bootlegger" party, and he starts spouting off about how awful it all is -- girls racing on pogo sticks!!! -- just like ancient Rome. He comes off as self-righteous and boring. Later on in the film, he becomes a self-righteous, boring drunk, and the girl he sent to prison for manslaughter "saves" him (!). Best scene: the cop on the bike flipping over a car.


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