Irene Rich in My Official Wife (1926)

My Official Wife is a glittering drama of Imperial Russia in the days before the Revolution and the reckless life of the aristocracy in the days of the Czar, featuring gorgeous gowns, beautiful women and spectacular settings. American actress Irene Rich (1891 – 1988) starres as Hélène, Countess Orloff

The film is based on a 1891 novel by Richard Henry Savage, that was highly popular in its day.

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Irene Rich in My Official Wife, 1926 via

Gloria Swanson in Silent Drama ‘Sadie Thompson’ (1928).

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Silent screen star Gloria Swanson (1897 – 1983) plays a woman of ill repute in the film ‘Sadie Thompson’, 1928. The film was directed by Raoul Walsh for Gloria Swanson Pictures Corporation and United Artists via

Greta Garbo in “The Temptress” (1926)

The Temptress is a (1926) American silent romantic drama film directed by Fred Niblo starring Greta Garbo. The story opens in Paris at a masquerade ball where the unhappy Elena (Garbo) meets Manuel Robledo (Antonio Moreno), an Argentine engineer. After removing their masks, they spend the night together in a park and they fall in love under the stars. They declare their love for one another, with Manuel giving her a ring, before departing …

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Ruth Harriet Louise, Greta Garbo in “The Temptress”, 1926 via

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Ruth Harriet Louise, Greta Garbo in “The Temptress”, 1926 via

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Ruth Harriet Louise, Greta Garbo in “The Temptress”, 1926 via

Mae Murray in The Masked Bride (1925)

The Masked Bride is a 1925 American silent romantic drama film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Mae Murray, Francis X. Bushman, and Basil Rathbone. It is currently a lost film.

Apache dancer Gaby (Mae Murray) defies the Prefect of Police (Roy D’Arcy) after accosting millionaire Grover (Francis X. Bushman). The underlying truth is that Gaby was driven to theft of rich men by her partner Antoine (Basil Rathbone).

Josef von Sternberg was originally hired to direct the film. After two weeks of filming, he became frustrated with Mae Murray’s behavior on the set and ordered the cameramen to film the rafters. He eventually walked out on the picture and was replaced by Christy Cabanne.

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Mae Murray in The Masked Bride directed by Christy Cabanne and Joseph von Sternberg, 1925 via

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Mae Murray in The Masked Bride directed by Christy Cabanne and Joseph von Sternberg, 1925 via

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Mae Murray in The Masked Bride directed by Christy Cabanne and Joseph von Sternberg, 1925 via

Mae Murray in The Merry Widow (1925)

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Mae Murray in The Merry Widow directed by Erich von Stroheim, 1925. Photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull via

Gloria Swanson in Sadie Thompson (1928)

Sadie Thompson is a 1928 American silent drama film that tells the story of a “fallen woman” who comes to Pago Pago on the island of Tutuila to start a new life, but encounters a zealous missionary who wants to force her back to her former life in San Francisco. The film stars Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, and Raoul Walsh.

A smoking, drinking, jazz listening, young prostitute named Sadie Thompson (Gloria Swanson) arrives at Pago Pago (now part of American Samoa), on her way to a job with a shipping line on another island. At the same time, ‘moralists’ arrive, including Mr. and Mrs. Davidson (Lionel Barrymore and Blanche Friderici).

Portrait of Gloria Swanson in Sadie Thompson directed by Raoul Walsh, 1928 via

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Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore in Sadie Thompson directed by Raoul Walsh, 1928 via

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Portrait of Gloria Swanson and Directo Raoul Walsh on the set of Sadie Thompson, 1928 via

Louise Brooks in Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

Diary of a Lost Girl is a 1929 silent film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and starring the American silent star Louise Brooks. This was Brooks’ second and last film with Pabst, and like their prior collaboration (1929’s Pandora’s Box), it is considered a classic film. The film was based on the controversial and bestselling novel of the same name, Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (1905) by Margarete Böhme.

Thymian Henning (Louise Brooks), is the innocent, naive daughter of pharmacist Robert Henning. She is puzzled when their housekeeper, Elisabeth, leaves suddenly on the day of Thymian’s confirmation. It turns out that her father got Elisabeth pregnant. Elisabeth’s body is brought to the pharmacy later that day, an apparent suicide by drowning, upsetting Thymian.

Thymian’s father’s assistant Meinert, promises to explain it all to her late that night, but instead takes advantage of her; she gives birth to an illegitimate child. Though Thymian refuses to name the baby’s father, the relatives find out from her diary. They decide that the best solution is for her to marry Meinert. When she refuses because she does not love him, they give the baby to a midwife and send her to a strict reformatory for wayward girls run by a tyrannical woman and her tall, bald assistant.

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Louise Brooks for Diary of a Lost Girl directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929 via

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Louise Brooks for Diary of a Lost Girl directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929 via

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Louise Brooks for Diary of a Lost Girl directed by George Wilhem Pabst, 1929 via