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The very first film to be shot in two-color Technicolor, "The Toll of the Sea" is an early screen adaptation of "La Boheme." While visiting Asia, an American falls in love with a beautiful Chinese woman--with tragic results. Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley star. Then, Gloria Swanson shines in "Shifting Sands," a tenement ... more
This Gloria Swanson double bill opens with "Shifting Sands," a "tenement melodrama" with Swanson as a struggling artist who rebuffs a weaselly rent collector's advances and is sent to jail by him on trumped-up prostitution charges. With Joe King. Next, New York shop girl Gloria copes with life in the big city and gets a chance to mix ... more
In this "Pygmalion"-like silent romantic comedy, chorus girl Gloria Swanson and millionaire Eugene O'Brien meet and fall in love. Worried that the streetwise Swanson won't be accepted by Park Avenue friends and family, O'Brien gets his aunt to teach her how to behave like a "proper lady." This was Swanson's final Paramount film until ... more
Gloria Swanson's challenge to Hays Office censorship is the first version of Somerset Maugham's humid classic about a South Seas sinner who causes the downfall of Bible-thumping preacher Lionel Barrymore. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score; lost ending; photo gallery. Silent with music score.