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Clinging Vine

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A. B. (Leatrice Joy) is the brains and the power in the Bancroft paint company but longs for a more feminine role. When she overhears Jimmie (Tom Moore) the boss's grandson share his unflattering opinion of her lack of charms she considers a major makeover is in order. Snitz Edwards turns in his usual sterling performance. This is an enjoyable little film chronicling one more skirmish in the war of the sexes. 70 minutes Included short subject: DOME DOCTOR (1924) with Larry Semon

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  • Actors: Leatrice Joy, Tom Moore, Robert Edeson, Snitz Edwards
  • Directors: Paul Sloane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Grapevine Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QP8QY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,555 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This double-feature DVD is very enjoyable as well as informative when it comes to the lifestyle and ways of thinking in the 1920s, brought out in both the feature film "The Clinging Vine" and the award-winning 1973 documentary, "The Age of Ballyhoo". Together, they transport the viewer back in time to the age when the world changed forever: automobiles, cinema and stars, jazz, the first Atlantic crossing by plane, and even women's liberation, as "The Clinging Vine" demonstrates with style and humour. In this one-hour light comedy produced by Cecil B DeMille, actress Leatrice Joy is totally convincing as the over-efficient career woman who looks, dresses and acts like a man, but is transformed into an elegant and lovely lady with a little bit of coaching in how to be `a clinging vine' - that is, a eyelash-batting female who drapes herself off men as she says "oh, DO go on!" and appears to be completely dependent on male strength and intelligence. But far from being insulting to the modern woman, I found this film to be more sophisticated and clever than it appears at first because the joke really is on the shallow-minded menfolk who fall for the batting eyes rather than a woman's intelligence and competence! In fact, the essence of the story is just as relevant to our modern day ways as it was in the mid 1920s, which just shows that when it comes to men and women, some things never change!

The same thought occurred to me when watching the excellent documentary "The Age of Ballyhoo" because most of the things that were introduced or established in that era of the 1920s, after the end of World War I in 1918, are still with us today.
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I was very pleased with this Image release. The Clinging Vine, while not given a full restoration, looks quite good and it is a pleasure to see original titles. There is also an interesting commentary for the film. The Age of Ballyhoo is a great 1973 documentary on the 1920's, narrated by Gloria Swanson.
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Although neither of the films on this disc are classics, they're both pretty fun. 'The Age of Ballyhoo,' narrated by Gloria Swanson, is a fun look back at the culture of the American 1920s. It covers such topics as the new popularity of automobiles, sports, aviation, clothing, Prohibition, and movie stars. It's not some in-depth scholarly look back at the decade and the historical, social, cultural, and political forces which shaped it in the years preceeding it (since no given decade just develops by itself, but rather has the stage set by things which happened beforehand), though it still conveys all of the important information succinctly.

I have mixed feelings about the feature attraction, 'The Clinging Vine.' The first time I watched it, I was really horrified, as a modern woman and a feminist, at what the message seemed to be, and how A.B. (Leatrice Joy, who really does look like a man in a skirt) completely changes herself so some man will like her. But after I watched it with the audio commentary, I saw the film in a bit of a different light. Though the play the film was based on was kind of dated even by 1926 standards, the message isn't as anti-feminist as I originally assumed. When her boss's wife gives her a makeover and lessons in how to flirt with men, it's actually making fun of men and how easily controlled they are by something as silly as batting eyebrowns, nonsense chatter, and insipid lines like, "Oh, do go on!" I still don't like the idea of A.B. making herself over so completely so Jimmie, the boss's grandson, will like her, after he just totally insulted her before even meeting her and not realising she was listening by the door, though.
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She is quite funny and adorable... I loved it.
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