Her Night of Romance (October, 1924)
Released in October, 1924: A poor British Lord romances a wealthy Yankee heiress from America who is vacationing in England with her father.
Directed by Sidney Franklin
Written by Hanns Kraly.
The Actors: Constance Talmadge (Dorothy Adams), Ronald Colman (Paul Menford), Jean Hersholt (Joe Diamond), Albert Gran (Samuel C. Adams), Robert Rendel (Prince George), Sidney Bracey (butler), Joseph J. Dowling (Professor Gregg), Templar Saxe (Dr. Wellington), Eric Mayne (Doctor Scott), Emily Fitzroy (nurse), Clara T. Bracy (housekeeper), James O. Barrows (the old butler), Claire de Lorez (Paul's artist friend), Michael Dark (photographer).
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It's a familiar plot for a romantic comedy, but it is at the same time very unique in motion picture history. First we have a rich young girl from America and a handsome but poor English Lord. Girl likes boy . . . boy likes girl . . . boy lies to be around girl . . . girl finds out and hates boy . . . boy still loves girl . . . girl still loves boy . . . and boy-oh-boy, what happens next could only happen in the movies! And this one was made before movie censors made movies tame, and the comedy, confusion, and sexual innuendo is amazingly effective and funny even after almost a hundred years. With gorgeous Constance Talmadge, and suave, handsome Ronald Colman, you can't find a mover beautiful couple. After a royal mix-up in events, the authors find a way for the young Yankee heiress and the poor English Lord to spend the night together in his mansion, albeit innocently. But the next morning all Hell breaks loose on this couple. She hates him after discovering his deceptions, and plans to rush back to her hotel so that no one will know that they spent the night together in the same place, but all of a sudden one of Lord Menford's buddies comes by and discovers them together having breakfast on the terrace. To try to save their reputations, Lord Menford tells his buddy that the girl is his new wife. All of a sudden word is all over the small English village that the Lord is married, and the farce is on. Now they must pretend to her father and the whole town that they are husband and wife . . . and they are not! The comedy builds as they try to explain that they are not married . . . but no one believes them now, and they are forced together. What to do . . . what to do? Get married for real . . . that's what! But wait, we are only about half way through this adventure . . . there are a plethora of mix-ups, misunderstandings and tom-foolery yet to come as they head to the altar. Let's mix sleeping powder, a scheming real estate agent, anger, love, amusement and more to this roller coaster of a story. Before the wedding can happen, she discovers more about his lies to meet her, and once again hates him for deceiving her. Now the wedding is off again, and it looks like it is all over for our young couple. She pleads with him to tell her that his deal with the real estate man to use her affections to sell her daddy a mansion isn't true, but he cannot. By the time the Vicar shows up to marry the young couple, she is crying and he has been properly kicked out of the house. Thank goodness for her wise and hip father, who does some scheming of his own to get this couple back together again. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy a romantic laugh fest that will have you laughing and crying and loving all the way through.
Albert Gran with a dowdy looking Constance Talmadge
Constance Talmadge and Albert Gran
Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman
Constance Talmadge overhears Ronald Colman and the real estate agent discussing their scheme.
Constance Talmadge trying to look dowdy.
Constance Talmadge spots Ronald Colman
Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman
James O. Barrows, the old butler
Jean Hersholt and his secretary
Jean Hersholt makes plans to sell a mansion to the visiting Yankee industrialist
Photographers on the ship take pictures of Constance Talmadge
Ronald Colman and Constance Talmadge find love over a vase of roses.
Ronald Colman and Jean Hersholt discuss plans to sell the Yankee industrialist a mansion in England.
Ronald Colman and Jean Hersholt
Ronald Colman kisses Constance Talmadge's hand
Ronald Colman pretends to be a doctor and listens to Constance Talmadge's heart.
Ronald Colman meets a dowdy looking Constance Talmadge as she leaves the ship.
Ronald Colman in 1924