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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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$539,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2006 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle got the assignment to direct this film because William Randolph Hearst felt guilty about how his newspapers had savaged Arbuckle during his three murder/rape trials in 1922 and ruined his career, despite his eventual acquittal. See more »

Goofs

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

Dennis: I never believed in love at first sight until I took a second look at you.
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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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A humorous fairy tale with unbelievably detailed set
3 January 2008 | by nowlangSee all my reviews

I agree with my predecessor on the beauty and artistry of this masterpiece of the Seventh Art. I offer my hat to TCM for completing an outstanding restoration of a masterpiece of Americana. The musical score that was added this silent film was well chosen and replaces very well the missing dialog.

I would like to bring the attention of the reader on the props and decor used in the movie. The details of the set mimicking the Holland country side complete with its channels, windmills, iced ponds, and buildings are so well detailed with the means of the day. For example, look at at the decoration the bedrooms, the kitchen where Ms. Davis strenuously works, and notice the matching outdoor scenery showing through the kitchen windows. The haunted red mill with it's intricate detail appears right out of a Currier and Yves lithograph. It is fascinating that the director give us such a realistic vision of the set. For example, pay attention to the intricacies of the mechanism powered by the sails (arms) of the windmill as the raging storm shakes the old structure. The entire set is a work of art to preserve as a fine example of the quality and wholesomeness that made Hollywood, the "dream factory", world famous.

I offer my thanks to TCM for preserving such masterpiece and to Michael Picton for such a delightful musical score for generations to enjoy.

PS: The "Burgomaster" or Burgomeester was the town mayor in Holland and a person of considerable power in these small communities.


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