|Comedian Billy Bevan|
|Comedian Ben Turpin|
|Theatrical Movie Poster (1924)|
After a brief intermission, the festival continued with the screening of MANHANDLED starring the beautiful Gloria Swanson. In the film Swanson plays Tessie McGuire, a department store clerk who yearns to join the cream of high society. When her boyfriend Jimmy (Tom Moore) forgets about their date, Tessie and her friend Pinkie (Lilyan Tashman) attend a party at the studio of Robert Brandt (Ian Keith). While Tessie is fighting off her male suitors, Jimmy is selling his in car invention in Detroit and thus becomes a millionaire. Upon returning home to his love, Jimmy accuses Tessie of being "manhandled" and breaks up with her. She prays for him to return to her, which he does and they all live happily ever after.
Gloria Swanson is so beautiful, and her performance in the film was incredible. She was able to showcase a wide range of emotions in the film. From silly impersonations to tear-jerking drama, Swanson's acting ability shines through in every scene she's in. The film is based on the short story of the same name by Arthur Stringer in the Saturday Evening Post in 1924. The film was directed by Allan Dwan and was released by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation (better known as Paramount Pictures) on July 24, 1924.
What a great why to kick off the film festival! There are still more shows on both Saturday and Sunday. To view the festival film schedule and to purchase tickets, visit the museum's website at http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org./
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!