Victory / The Wicked Darling (Silent)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
- Video: Tinted
- Released: January 25, 2005
- Originally Released: 1919
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Lon Chaney, Priscilla Dean & Gertrude Astor|
|Performer:||Jack Holt, Seena Owen, Wallace Beery, Aitken Spottiswoode, Priscilla Dean & Gertrude Astor|
|Directed by||Maurice Tourneur & Tod Browning|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Long before he became known as "Man of a Thousand Faces," Lon Chaney quickly gained attention as one of Hollywood's prominent character actors, as these outstanding early examples of Chaney's unique talents in acting and makeup clearly attest. A visual treat from gifted director Maurice Tourneur, Victory features Chaney as the villainous Ricardo who is out to steal not only another man's fortune, but also the lovely Seena Owen. A gritty crime melodrama, The Wicked Darling is the first of ten films Lon Chaney made with director Tod Browning. Long thought to be a lost film, The Wicked Darling was rediscovered in the last decade and is shown here for the first time in over eighty years. Together these long-sought-after films allow viewers to see Lon Chaney in roles that won him the reputation of Hollywood's greatest character actor.
Both films mastered from 35mm elements and tinted, with new musical scores compiled and performed by Eric Beheim using authentic orchestrations of period photoplay music heard in theaters of the era.
Based on the novel by Joseph Conrad, VICTORY is an early classic in the career of silent film legend Lon Chaney, the "man of a thousand faces." Just before WWI, loner Axel Heyst (Jack Holt, THEY WERE EXPENDABLE) takes up residence on a secluded island in the South Seas. He brings with him a young woman, Lena (Seena Owen, INTOLERANCE), who wants to escape the greedy hotel permitee Wallace Beery. Out for revenge, Beery sends his minions to the island to steal both the girl and Holt's fortune, and Chaney steals the show as the knife-wielding Ricardo. THE WICKED DARLING is the product of the first collaboration between Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning; the result was this little-known gem. Jilted by his fiancée when he goes bankrupt, Kent Mortimer is alone living in poverty. His former fiancée had returned all his gifts except one string of pearls, which she drops while entering a cab. Mary Stevens, a woman associated with the underworld, snatches the pearls and runs off, pursued by the police. Taking refuge in a home that turns out to be none other than Mortimer's own, she soon learns that the pearls once belonged to him. Mary quits the underworld, takes a job as a waitress, and begins to see Mortimer regularly, but her former gang members--including Chaney in the role of Stoop--are jealous and attack Mortimer. Mary's past is a hindrance to the couple's chances at happiness, and her former colleagues are determined to get the pearls for themselves, but her resolve to turn her life around shines through, convincing Mortimer of his right path of action.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Long before he became known as the "Man of a Thousand Faces," Lon Chaney quickly gained attention for being one of Hollywood's prominent character actors as these outstanding early examples of Chaney's unique talents in acting and makeup clearly attest. A visual treat from gifted director Maurice Tourneur, Victory features Chaney as the villainous Ricardo who is out to steal not only another man's fortune, but also the lovely Seena Owen. The first of ten films Lon Chaney made with director Tod Browning, the gritty crime melodrama The Wicked Darling was thought to be lost until the last decade and is shown here for the first time in over eighty years. Together these long-sought-after films allow viewers to see Lon Chaney in roles that won him the reputation of Hollywood's greatest character actor.
Classic | Crime | Melodrama | Romance | Romances | Silent | Silent Cinema | Silent Films
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