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Eleanor Boardman
Director: Rupert Hughes Cast: Eleanor Boardman
Eleanor Boardman
, Mae Busch
Mae Busch
, Barbara La Marr
Barbara La Marr
Rupert Hughes

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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This comedy-melodrama, based on the novel by Rupert Hughes (who also directed), blends fiction and reality to tell the story of a young woman's rise in Hollywood; the film uses real stars and productions (even Charles Chaplin filming A Woman of Paris) as its backdrop. Eleanor Boardman plays Remember Steddon, better known as Mem. Mem is a small-town girl who marries slick bad guy Owen Scudder (Lew Cody); Owen insures his brides and then murders them for the money. After the wedding, Mem starts to have her doubts about him and runs away while their train is chugging through the desert. She happens on a film crew and gets work as an extra, later becoming a famous dramatic actress in Hollywood with the help of director Frank Claymore (Richard Dix). Scudder finally tracks her down during a shoot involving a circus tent; when a storm sets the tent on fire, Scudder loses his life saving Mem from a wind machine's propeller. Freed from her marriage, Mem is able to choose between Claymore and her leading man. Boardman, whose first starring role finds her surrounded by a long and impressive supporting cast, wound up at the Goldwyn studios through a "New Faces" contest. Her co-winner, future star William Haines, also had a bit part as the company's assistant director.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316127193
Original Release: 1923
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 8,368

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eleanor Boardman Remember Steddon
Mae Busch Robina Teele
Barbara La Marr Leva Lemaire
Richard Dix Frank Claymore
Frank Mayo Tom Holby
Lew Cody Owen Scudder
Arthur Hoyt Jimmy Leland
David Imboden Caxton
Roy Atwell Arthur Tirrey
William Orlamond Lord Fryingham
Forrest Robinson Rev. John Steddon
Edith Yorke Mrs. Steddon
William Haines Pinkey
George Morgan Spofford
Dale Fuller Abigail Tweedy
Snitz Edwards Hank Kole
Leo Willis Electrician
Yale Boss Prop Man
Walter Perry Grip
Jack Richardson Motion Picture Heavy
Rush Hughes 2nd Cameraman
Aileen Pringle Lady Jane
Eve Southern Velma Slade
Sylvia Ashton Mrs. Kole
Fred Kelsey Quinn
L.J. O'Connor Doyle
Jed Prouty Magnus
Charles Murphy Boss Canvasman
Mabel Ballin Actor
Hugo Ballin Actor
T. Roy Barnes Actor
Barbara Bedford Actor
Hobart Bosworth Actor
Charles Chaplin Actor
Chester Conklin Actor
William H. Crane Actor
Elliott Dexter Actor
Robert Edeson Actor
Claude Gillingwater Actor
Dagmar Godowsky Actor
Raymond Griffith Actor
Elaine Hammerstein Actor
Alice Lake Actor
Bessie Love Actor
June Mathis Actor
Patsy Ruth Miller Actor
Marshall Neilan Actor
Fred Niblo Actor
Anna Q. Nilsson Actor
ZaSu Pitts Actor
John St. Polis Actor
Milton Sills Actor
Blanche Sweet Actor
Florence Vidor Actor
King Vidor Actor
Erich Von Stroheim Actor
Johnny Walker Actor
George Walsh Actor
Kathlyn Williams Actor
Claire Windsor Actor

Technical Credits
Rupert Hughes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Mescall Cinematographer

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