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Smouldering Fires
     

Smouldering Fires

Director: Clarence Brown,

Cast: Clarence Brown, Pauline Frederick, Laura La Plante, Malcolm McGregor

 
Smouldering Fires is a first-rate silent "soap opera," immaculately performed by its superb cast and brilliantly directed by Clarence Brown. Pauline Frederick plays a highly efficient middle-aged business executive, whose motto is "Let No Man Be Necessary to You." She discards this edict when she falls in love with her much-younger employee Malcolm McGregor.

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Smouldering Fires is a first-rate silent "soap opera," immaculately performed by its superb cast and brilliantly directed by Clarence Brown. Pauline Frederick plays a highly efficient middle-aged business executive, whose motto is "Let No Man Be Necessary to You." She discards this edict when she falls in love with her much-younger employee Malcolm McGregor. Though McGregor sincerely loves Frederick, her younger sister Laura LaPlante assumes that the man is a fortune hunter. After Frederick and McGregor are wed, LaPlante comes to realize that her new brother-in-law is sincere. She also realizes uncomfortably that she has fallen in love with McGregor, and he with her. Out of consideration for Frederick, the younger couple keeps their mutual attraction secret, and promise each other not to act upon their feelings. But Frederick eventually figures out the situation. Magnanimously, she declares that the marriage was a mistake, and that she'll seek a divorce before anyone is hurt. The aftermath of this triangular situation is subtly hinted at by a carefully arranged medium shot of the three principals. Never stooping to cliché or wallowing in phony sentimentality, Smouldering Fires is an honest tale about realistic people with genuine emotions. Most available prints are from the American release version; the slightly longer European version is even better, with some remarkably mature (albeit non-lurid) setpieces.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
UPC:
0842614102332
Original Release:
1925
Source:
Grapevine Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[silent]
Sales rank:
70,032

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Performance Credits
Pauline Frederick Jane Vale
Laura La Plante Dorothy Vale
Malcolm McGregor Robert Elliott
Tully Marshall Scotty
Wanda Hawley Lucy
Helen Lynch Kate Brown
George Cooper Mugsy
William Orlamond Member of the Committee
Bert Roach Member of the Committee
Rolfe Sedan Member of the Committee
Jack McDonald Actor

Technical Credits
Clarence Brown Director
Melville W. Brown Screenwriter
Sada Cowan Screenwriter
Howard Higgin Screenwriter
Jackson Rose Cinematographer
Edward Schroeder Editor

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