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Her Sister from Paris

Her Sister from Paris
Poster
Directed bySidney Franklin
Written byHanns Kräly
Based onThe Twin Sister
by Ludwig Fulda
Produced byJoseph M. Schenck
StarringConstance Talmadge
Ronald Colman
George K. Arthur
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byHal C. Kern
Production
company
Joseph M. Schenck Productions
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • August 2, 1925 (1925-08-02)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
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Her Sister from Paris is a 1925 American silent comedy film based upon the play The Twin Sister by Ludwig Fulda. It was directed by Sidney Franklin and stars Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, and George K. Arthur.[1][2]

The film's sets were designed by the art director William Cameron Menzies while the costumes were by Adrian, working on his first production.

Plot

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As described in a film magazine reviews,[3] Joseph Weyringer, a writer of novels, comes to believe that his wife Helen is too domestic. She interrupts her husband and a quarrel follows. When she leaves him to return to her mother’s, she meets her twin sister at the station. The latter has come to Vienna to dance. An invitation comes to the sister, La Perry, to come to supper after her performance with Joseph whom she has never seen. She accepts, then sends Helen to impersonate her at the supper. Helen is believed to be the dancer by Joseph. She makes love to Joseph and proposes that they elope. He is persuaded to go to the same hotel where they had spent their honeymoon. When they are given the bridal suite, he confesses that he cannot go on because he loves his wife. He is then confronted with his wife (who is really his sister-in-law). Helen is satisfied that her husband still loves her.

Cast

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Reception

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At that time films in the United States were subject to local censorship, and, after the Chicago Board of Censors initially recommended changes, the chief of the Chicago Police Department denied Her Sister from Paris a permit. One theater challenged the denial by filing for a writ of mandamus in state court and took a survey of its patrons which favored the showing of the film by a margin of 1000 to 5.[4] In the end, the chief of police issued a permit after an agreement to make 7 changes, 6 of which revised or eliminated intertitles.[4]

Preservation

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A complete print of Her Sister from Paris is located at the Library of Congress.[5]

References

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  1. ^ Jacobs p. 121
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Her Sister from Paris at silentera.com
  3. ^ "New Pictures: Her Sister from Paris", Exhibitors Herald, 22 (9), Chicago, Illinois: Exhibitors Herald Company: 54, August 22, 1925, retrieved August 1, 2022 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ a b "Public Routs Censor Board in Chicago Theatre Battle: Audience Votes Approval of Constance Talmage Picture 1000 to 5 After Chief of Police Threatens to Revoke Theatre License", Exhibitors Herald, 23 (6), Chicago, Illinois: Exhibitors Herald Company: 29, October 31, 1925, retrieved October 29, 2022
  5. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Her Sister from Paris

Bibliography

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  • Lea Jacobs. The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s. University of California Press, 2008. ISBN 9780520254572
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