The Patsy

The Patsy

Marion Davies
Director: King Vidor Cast: Marion Davies
Marion Davies
, Orville Caldwell
Orville Caldwell
, Marie Dressler
Marie Dressler
King Vidor

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Next to Show People, The Patsy may well be Marion Davies' best silent vehicle. Based on a hit Broadway play, this modern Cinderella story casts Davies as Patsy Harrington, the drudge of her social-climbing family. Secretly in love with Tony Anderson (Orville Caldwell), the boyfriend of her irresponsible but irresistible sister Grace (Jane Winton), Patsy yearns to be a "personality girl." Rather than cultivate her looks, she decides to become the "intellectual" of her family, which outrages her mother (Marie Dressler) who believes that beauty and brains don't mix. Meanwhile, the fickle Grace begins cheating on Tony with a millionaire named Bill (Lawrence Gray). For Tony's sake, the "new" Patsy throws herself at Grace's new beau, hoping to break up the romance. The whole affair ends, predictably but hilariously with Tony falling in love with Patsy! Best scene: sitting by a mirror, Davies impersonates Lillian Gish, Mae Murray and Pola Negri -- which reportedly infuriated Murray and Negri but delighted Gish.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/2009
UPC: 0883316199978
Original Release: 1928
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 43,221

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marion Davies Patricia Harrington
Orville Caldwell Tony Anderson
Marie Dressler Ma Harrington
Dell Henderson Pa Harrington
Lawrence Gray [act] Bill
Jane Winton Grace Harrington

Technical Credits
King Vidor Director
Gilbert Clark Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Agnes Christine Johnston Screenwriter
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Hugh Wynn Editor

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