The Sporting Venus
|The Sporting Venus|
1925 theatrical poster
|Directed by||Marshall Neilan|
|Screenplay by||Thomas J. Geraghty|
|Story by||Gerald Beaumont|
|Edited by||Blanche Sewell|
|6 reels (5,938 feet)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Sporting Venus is a 1925 American silent romance film directed by Marshall Neilan. The film was the second MGM release of Neilan, and starred his wife, actress Blanche Sweet, who allegedly sported the lowest waistline of 1925. This is the first of two feature films that paired Ronald Colman with Blanche Sweet, the second being His Supreme Moment, which was released in May 1925. This film is listed as being extant (surviving) at silentera database.
- Blanche Sweet as Lady Gwendolyn
- Ronald Colman as Donald MacAllan
- Lew Cody as Prince Carlos
- Josephine Crowell as Countess Van Alstyne
- Edward Martindel as Sir Alfred Grayle
- Kate Price as Housekeeper
- Hank Mann as Carlos' Valet
- Arthur Hoyt as Detective
- George Fawcett as Father
Life Magazine wrote "The Sporting Venus is typical of Neilan at his worst and at his best. It is foolish, inconsequential and spineless, and yet it is entertaining. ... If you look for rhyme or reason in The Sporting Venus, you will look in vain."
- Donald W. McCaffrey; Christopher P. Jacobs (1999). Guide to the Silent Years of American Cinema. Reference guides to the world's cinema (illustrated, annotated ed.). Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 85 207 259. ISBN 9780313303456.
- Ann Lloyd; Graham Fuller; Arnold Desser (1983). Ann Lloyd; Graham Fuller, eds. The Illustrated Who's Who of the Cinema (illustrated ed.). Orbis. p. 425. ISBN 9780856135217.
- Jacobs, Lea (2008). The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s (illustrated ed.). University of California Press. p. 242. ISBN 9780520254572.
- Progressive Silent Film List: The Sporting Venus at silentera.com
- Mitchell, John Ames (1925). "The Sporting Venus". Life. 85 (Part 2): 28 29.
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