The Lady (1925 film)
Norma Talmadge and Wallace MacDonald
|Directed by||Frank Borzage|
|Produced by|| • Norma Talmadge
• Joseph Schenck
|Written by|| • Martin Brown (play)
• Frances Marion (scenario)
|Starring|| • Wallace MacDonald
• Norma Talmadge
|Distributed by||First National Pictures|
| • January 25, 1925 (New York City premiere)
• February 8, 1925 (nationwide)
|8 reels; 7,357 feet|
|Language||Silent film (English-language intertitles)|
Talmadge's own production company produced the film with distribution by First National Pictures.
The film survives in the U.S. Library of Congress with reel 2 missing. The remaining elements of the film have severe beginning stages of nitrate decomposition making much of the film hard to follow.
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A young woman marries the wastrel son of a British aristocrat. Her husband, who has been disinherited by his father, loses what little money he has left gambling in casinos and then die, leaving her penniless and with an infant son. When her former father-in-law tries to get custody of the child, she leave him with a couple she trusts, but when she later goes to reclaim her son, she can't find the people she left him with.
Like many of Talmadge's silents of the 1920s The Lady is derived from a stage play. The play, The Lady, ran on Broadway from December 4, 1923 to February 1924 at Charles Frohman's Empire Theatre. It was produced by A. H. Woods. Mary Nash played Talmadge's part of Polly Pearl and Elizabeth Risdon played Fanny Le Clare which in the film was played by Doris Lloyd. Also in the cast was child actor Junior Durkin soon to find bigger fame in films.
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