Stars: 5 / 5
Recommendation: A tale of damaged innocence; shattered dreams and fighting back to gain a steady ground out of the muck she was in; Gabrielle's story definitely touches everyone who sees it, and cannot help but shed a tear.
The Red Kimona is a 1925 American silent film drama starring Priscilla Bonner, Nellie Bly Baker, Virginia Pearson and Carl Miller in the lead cast. Directorial debut by Walter Lang and Produced by Dorothy Davenport, the primary plot revolves around prostitution and how one of them tries to get out.
Gabrielle Darley (portrayed by Priscilla Bonner) in order to escape her unhappy family finds solace in Howard Blaine (portrayed by Carl Miller). Hoping he would marry her she leaves her home to New Orleans with him. Instead Blaine sells her into prostitution and she starts servicing other men for Blaine. The rest of the story shows how Darley lives through prostitution, and finally gets a break to come out and live a life of peace on her own.
Producer Dorothy Davenport is credited as Mrs. Wallace Reid for this film. Although not credited, she also co-directed with Lang. Dorothy Arzner adapted the screenplay from the true story written by reporter Adela Rogers St. Johns. Azner would go on to become Hollywood's first female director. Piano solo through the film was performed by Robert Israel.( Collapse )