WITHIN THE LAW (1923)

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WITHIN THE LAW (1923)

PostSat Mar 13, 2010 9:44 pm

Part of the new Talmadge set from Kino.

I liked it. Norma plays a little shop girl wrongly convicted of stealing from the store where she works. She vows revenge on the heartless owner. After getting out of prison she embarks on a career as a woman who sues a series of men for breach of promise, which is "within the law."

But when she falls for the old store owner's son (Jack Mulhall), things go wrong, especially when her colleagues (Lew Cody, Eileen Percy) get sucked into a burglary the cops have set up.

Not the greatest drama (although this was remade in 1939 for Ruth Hussey), but Talmadge is terrific and looks great in the stylish clothing (she also produced the film thru Norma Talmadge Pictures for First National). The film is smartly directed by Frank Lloyd.

Print is excellent except for a very few moments of deterioration on the edges.
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PostSat Mar 13, 2010 10:39 pm

I also think Eileen Percy comes close to stealing the show at times.

If I have time this week, and just for context, I'll post the grosses for the Norma and Constance films that I have records for through 1926 (I think).

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PostSun Mar 14, 2010 7:20 am

"Within the Law" also eventually became "Paid"(1930) starring Joan Crawford.

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PostSun Mar 14, 2010 9:10 am

Eileen Percy has a major role and provides the comic releief with her "I'm fwightened" bit even though it doesn't work with the cops.
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PostSun Mar 14, 2010 9:44 am

So existing Norma silent features? See Greta's page:

http://www.stanford.edu/~gdegroat/NT/fi ... y.htm#1921

She made 23 features from 1920...
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PostSun Mar 14, 2010 1:38 pm

Danny wrote:"Within the Law" also eventually became "Paid"(1930) starring Joan Crawford.

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This had also been made previously in 1917 at Vitagraph starring Alice Joyce.
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PostMon Jun 14, 2010 1:27 am

Watched the film last night (I started with this film first before "Kiki"). I thought everything was going so well but the last story arc, went downhill for me. I suppose I was hoping to see more Norma and Eileen.

I guess with me enjoying Constance Talmadge's DVD (enjoyed both films), I guess I had high expectations for "Within the Law" with Norma Talmadge.

I will watch "Kiki" next. Look forward to that one.
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PostTue Aug 29, 2017 1:53 pm

drednm wrote:Eileen Percy has a major role and provides the comic releief with her "I'm fwightened" bit even though it doesn't work with the cops.


The ancient sugar-daddy's horror and disgust at finding the chewing gum was most amusing...

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