Slave of Desire
|Slave of Desire|
|Directed by||George D. Baker|
|Produced by||Samuel Goldwyn|
Gilbert E. Gable
|Written by||Alice D. G. Miller (adaptation)|
Charles W. Whittaker (scenario)
|Based on||La Peau de chagrin|
by Honoré de Balzac
|Cinematography||John W. Boyle|
|Distributed by||Goldwyn Pictures|
|7 reels; 6,673 feet|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Slave of Desire (originally titled The Magic Skin) is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by George D. Baker and produced and distributed by Goldwyn Pictures. It was based on the novel La Peau de chagrin (or The Magic Skin or The Wild Ass's Skin) by Honoré de Balzac.
In Paris, when failed poet Raphael, Marquis de Valentin (Walsh) meets the glamorous Countess Fedora (Myers), who promotes Raphael as a poet. He falls in love with her, but she rejects him.
When he is about to commit suicide by jumping into the Seine, Raphael enters an antique shop where he gets a magic piece of leather that can grant wishes. As it grants wishes, the leather becomes smaller. Raphael selfishly uses the wishes for himself, but uses the final wish benevolently, which enables him to be reunited with his true love, Pauline (Love). Countess Fedora is buried under an avalanche.
- George Walsh as Raphael, Marquis de Valentin
- Bessie Love as Pauline Gaudin
- Carmel Myers as Countess Fedora
- Wally Van as Restignac
- Edward Connelly as The Antiquarian
- Eulalie Jensen as Mrs. Gaudin
- Herbert Prior as Mr. Gaudin
- William Orlamond as Champrose
- Nick De Ruiz as Tallifer
- William von Hardenburg as The General
- Harmon MacGregor as Emilie
- George Periolat as The Duke
- Harry Lorraine as Finot
- Calvert Carter as The Major Domo
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- Love, Bessie (1977). From Hollywood with Love: An Autobiography of Bessie Love. London: Elm Tree Books. p. 87. OCLC 734075937.
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- Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. p. 732. OCLC 664500075.
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- "The Check-Up". Motion Picture News. Vol. 29 no. 5. February 2, 1924. p. 495.
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