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Paint and Powder (Silent)

Starring: Theodore von Eltz Director: Hunt Stromberg
While behind bars for a crime he did not commit, a man learns that his sweetheart has become the toast of Broadway and is about to marry another man.
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Paint and Powder (Silent)
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DVD Features:

  • From the Samuel M. Sherman Archives
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 10 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: March 13, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1925
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring Theodore von Eltz
Performer: Stuart Holmes, John Sainpolis, Russell Simpson & Charles Murray
Directed by Hunt Stromberg

Description by OLDIES.com:

Mary Nolan has the voice and talent of a star but seems doomed to a career singing in the sleazy backstreet clubs of the Bowery. Her boyfriend, Jimmy Everetts, steals money to buy her an outfit so that she can audition for a respectable job. Jimmy winds up in prison while Mary is discovered, and becomes a rising star on Broadway. Millionaire producers throw themselves at Mary's feet, but she still pines for Jimmy. A pardon is arranged and Jimmy races to Manhattan to be reunited with his long-lost sweetheart. But cruel fate will intervene to separate the lovers once again.

Elaine Hammerstein was a major Broadway star and had scores of film credits before starring in the 1925 production, Paint and Powder. This backstage saga of the rise of a poor Irish working girl to Broadway stardom, features a sexy sophisticated late night party with a hilarious bit between Elaine and a lecherous old millionaire. Director Hunt Stromberg went on to produce over 70 Hollywood films, most notably The Thin Man (1934).

Product Description:

Elaine Hammerstein stars in this independently produced drama. She plays Mary Dolan, a dancer at a Bowery café, who is in love with co-worker Jimmy Evarts (Theodore Von Eltz). Jimmy gets in a fight with an East Side tough and finds a wallet on him belonging to a big theatrical manager. Jimmy, however, is accused of being the one who stole it and is thrown in jail. While he is incarcerated, Mary is discovered by producer Mark Kelsey (John Sainpolis), who makes her into a Broadway star. Kelsey's partner, Phillip Andrews (Stuart Holmes), tries to have his way with Mary, but is unsuccessful. Jimmy, however, finds them together when he is released from jail and he suspects the worst of Mary. He leaves her, but eventually he realizes he is wrong and returns to ask forgiveness. Unfortunately, he is too late because Mary has just wed Kelsey.

Plot Keywords:

Dancers | Romance | Showbiz | Silent

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.0
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Rating 4.0 "Broadway - Highway of Heartaches" Movie Lover: from BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND AU -- February, 6, 2014

...gives you a hint of the juicy titles but honestly
what a find. Elaine Hammerstein is just super
as Mary Nolan a "lily of the alley" who goes
through an assortment of ups and downs as she
battles to find her place as a star of the Great
White Way. Theodore von Eltz is her boyfriend
Jimmy who only wants to make her happy but
in the end his jealousy makes for a very down
beat ending.
There is even a lingerie party at a womanizing
producer's flat. It's when all the girls model
the underwear (found as gifts on their plates)
and walk up and down the dinner table. There
is another scene at the same dinner when Mary
is thrown into a bath (worthy of DeMille) to
sober up. Hilarious fun was to be had at those
1920s dinner parties!!!
Again Elaine is just gorgeous and makes you
wish more of her films were available.


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