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The Red Mill (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 29 January 1927 (USA)
A tavern worker and the daughter of a burgomaster enter into elaborate masquerades in order to win the hearts of the men they love.

Director:

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (as William Goodrich)

Writers:

Frances Marion (adaptation), Frances Marion (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Tina
Owen Moore ... Dennis
Louise Fazenda ... Gretchen
George Siegmann ... Willem (as George Siegman)
Karl Dane ... Captain Jacop
Russ Powell Russ Powell ... Burgomaster (as J. Russell Powell)
Snitz Edwards ... Caesar
William Orlamond ... Governor
Ignatz Ignatz ... Himself - a Mouse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Hampton Jack Hampton ... Boy Watching Kite
William White William White ... Boy With Runaway Kite (as Billy Hampton)
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Storyline

Tina works as a barmaid at the Red Mill Tavern and is at the mercy of volatile and bad tempered owner, Willem. Dennis is a visitor to the area and Tina soon falls in love with him. Dennis doesn't share her feeling and leaves only to return later on. He becomes interested in Gretchen, the Burgomaster's daughter. However, Gretchen, about to enter into an arranged marriage with the Governor, is in love with Captain Jacop Van Goop. Tina and Gretchen enter into an elaborate masquerade in order to be with the men they each love. Written by jodlyn

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vörös malom See more »

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Budget:

$539,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2006 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first of two films Marion Davies would star in with comedienne Louise Fazenda. See more »

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About 45 minutes into the film, after the mix-ups between who Dennis and Caesar are looking at across the courtyard, a dog suddenly appears out of nowhere, tied to the leg of the chair Dennis is sitting on. See more »

Quotes

Willem: May the devil and ghosts come and get you... you Spitzboop!
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Alternate Versions

In 2006, Turner Entertainment Co. copyrighted a 74-minute version of this film, with original music composed by Michael Picton. See more »

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Version of The DuPont Show of the Month: The Red Mill (1958) See more »

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Another Great Performance by Marion Davies
9 April 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Excellent film. Almost a fairy tale in its story of the downtrodden Tina (Marion Davies) and the her cruel boss (George Siegmann) who tries to keep her from her love (Owen Moore).

Davies is, as always a comic delight as the drudge who works from dawn til dusk. She has a pet mouse that lives in the hole of her wooden shoe. She dares to enter a skating race because Moore will kiss the winner. She wins (thanks to a big dog) but falls into a huge hole in the ice. She has several more adventures that include a haunted mill called the Red Mill before the happy ending.

There's a magical moment when Davies is impersonating Fazenda (so she can see her boyfriend) and decides to try the facial mud on the dresser. Poor plain Tina the kitchen drudge packs on the mud, but when she takes off the hardened mask she emerges as the beautiful (and fully made up) Marion Davies! Only in Hollywood!

Great cinematography and set decoration help make this a fascinating late silent film and a terrific showcase for the marvelous Marion Davies. Moore is also good as "the Irisher." Siegmann was among the best villains in silent films. Excellent comedy support from Snitz Edwards (a favorite of Buster Keaton's) as well as Louise Fazenda and Karl Dane.

A big hit for MGM in 1927 and recently dusted off by TCM and given a new score by Michael Picton. A real treat for Davies fans. And by the way, she plays most of the film without makeup (notice her freckles) but she is just STUNNING in the Irish princess fantasy.

And yes Davies talked William Randolph Hearst (who produced) into hiring Roscoe Arbuckle to direct (as William Goodrich). Davies was one of the most generous and big-hearted women in Hollywood and never forgot a friend.

A real treat!


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