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The Bright Shawl (1923)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama | 22 April 1923 (USA)
Charles Abbott is a wealthy adventurer in Cuba of the 1850s. He is in love with Narcissa but goes after La Clavel to obtain information on the Spanish. He becomes implicated in the death of... See full summary »

Director:

John S. Robertson

Writers:

Edmund Goulding (screen adaptation), Joseph Hergesheimer (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Charles Abbott
Dorothy Gish ... La Clavel (as Miss Dorothy Gish)
Jetta Goudal ... La Pilar
William Powell ... Gaspar De Vaca
Mary Astor ... Narcissa Escobar
George Beranger ... Andre Escobar (as Andre Beranger)
Edward G. Robinson ... Domingo Escobar (as E.G. Robinson)
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Carmencita Escobar
Anders Randolf ... Capt. Cesar Y Santacilla
Luis Alberni ... Vincente Escobar - Andre's Brother
George Humbert George Humbert ... Jaime Quintara
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Storyline

Charles Abbott is a wealthy adventurer in Cuba of the 1850s. He is in love with Narcissa but goes after La Clavel to obtain information on the Spanish. He becomes implicated in the death of his friend Escobar, brother of Narcissa. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A drama of two who worshipped at its gorgeous fringe; of many who plotted to kill the romance it inspired; and a great soul that ebbed away with a sear of red to mark its sacrifice. (Print Ad-The Evening News, ((San Jose, Calif.)) 23 June 1923)

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

22 April 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den röda mantiljen See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Inspiration Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The titular shawl of this film was a real clothing item that was later given away as part of a publicity contest to promote the film. The shawl has survived and was acquired by the organization Hollywood Heritage, in Los Angeles, in 2014. See more »

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For years it was known as Robinson's debut.
23 December 2003 | by beck-bobSee all my reviews

The film was shown in November at the annual Lillian and Dorothy Gish Film Festival in Massillon, Ohio (the Gish home town). It was a newly restored print and featured an extraordinarily energetic and adventurous piano accompaniment for its entire eighty minutes. As a silent picture, it had very good performances. Robinson, then only thirty years old, was given a mustache and goatee and aged to look sixty. Was Mary Astor ever seventeen?? She was in this film and looked beautiful as Robinson's daughter. Barthelmess and Dorothy Gish were fine romantic leads, and William Powell villainous as a Cuban officer. The plot is rather involved, with spies, secret messages, and gun running amongst the Cuban patriots and Spanish army. Finally seeing this film made me marvel at the craftsmanship and detail given to such works in the cinema -- eighty years ago! (The actual film debut of Robinson was seven years earlier in 1916 as an extra in "Arms and the Woman," as revealed via an unmistakable still in the book, "The War, the West, and the Wilderness," by Kevin Brownlow.)


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