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One of the last lighthearted collaborations between Gloria Swanson and Allan Dwan, Stage Struck (1925) is a sweetly funny account of a small-town girl with dreams of fame. Swanson plays Jenny Hagen, a diner waitress who fantasizes about a life on stage. Her heart belongs to Orme Wilson (Lawrence Gray), an expert pancake flipper, who only has eyes for the women in movie magazines. So when a river showboat comes to town, he only has eyes for the star, Lillian Lyons (Gertrude Astor). Inflamed with jealousy, Jenny is determined to get on stage herself, by any means necessary.
-Brand New 2K Master
-Audio commentary by Frederic Lombardi, author of Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios
-Booklet essay by film historian Farran Smith Nehme
-Includes Original two-strip Technicolor prologue and epilogue
-Piano score composed and performed by Andrew Simpson
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It tells a story of the dreams of a small town waitress named Jenny (Swanson), her ambitions to be a great actress, and her sacrificing for the love of her Orme (Lawrence Gray). STAGE STRUCK was the last silent picture of Swanson’s to be directed by Allan Dwan (they would late make for UA and Joseph P. Kennedy WHAT A WIDOW! in 1930). Swanson had just completed in France for Paramount MADAME SANS-GENE, which marked the high-water mark of Swanson’s silent career, and it was her modest bid to return to light comedy after a couple of heavy dramas.
Some critics of the era thought Swanson’s was “slumming it” by appearing in this rural romantic-comedy, and even Swanson did not like her work in it when it first was released. (Her opinion changed however by the time she wrote her autobiography.) Yet the film was a moderate success, and the public lined up for more of their Gloria. Now through the wonders of restoration and a new film score, we can view STAGE STRUCK as it was originally shown in theatres. And it is a delight. It moves rapidly and is well acted throughout, though small pieces of scene-stealing business keep one’s eyes glued to the star. And even though it may be predictable, STAGE STRUCK is nevertheless fun to watch.
BRAVO too to Kino Lorber for releasing this and Swanson’s 1924 hit MANHANDLED at the same time. With most of her extant silent films now available on DVD, with the exceptions of HER HUSBAND’S TRADEMARK (Paramount 1922) and THE HUMMING BIRD (Paramount, 1924), one
can hope that Kino Lorber will eventually bring us these Swanson dramas in DVD format…restored and with new film scores.
And one can also pray that copies of Swanson’s 19 lost feature films, which include (my “wish list”) THE GREAT MOMENT (1921), HER GILDED CAGE (1922), THE IMPOSSIBLE MRS. BELLEW (1922), BLUEBEARD’S EIGHTH WIFE (1923), HOLLYWOOD (1923), HER LOVE STORY (1924), MADAME SANS-GENE (1924), and WHAT A WIDOW! (1930), will eventually see light again.
The histories of, making of, and backstories of all of Gloria Swanson’s motion pictures are chronicled in my book Gloria Swanson – The Ultimate Star. Now on DVD through Kino Lorber, STAGE STRUCK and MANHANDLED at least can thankfully be viewed and studied, valued and appreciated.