Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Margerie Lowry in the movies Part 7

This post completes my overview of Margerie Lowry in the movies.

A Made-To-Order Hero (1928)

Starring Ted Wells (seen above), Marjorie Bonner played Margery Murray, Pearl Sindelar, Jack Pratt, Ben Corbett and Gilbert Holmes. Directed by Edgar Lewis, and written by William A. Berke and Gardner Bradford, released on June 03 of 1928 in the USA.

As with many westerns of the silent era, much of this is played for humor. Aunty says niece Margery Bonner must marry a society man—or a hero, so cowboy Ted Wells has his pals (Dick L’Strange, Pee Wee Holmes, Ben Corbett, Scotty Maltraw) pretend to be outlaws as he rides to Margery’s fake rescue—as a hero! But Ted’s plans go awry when a real outlaw (Jack Pratt) shows up. Wells (1899-1947) was handsome, a superb horseman and even exhibited decent acting skills here, but was stymied when Universal shut down production of westerns in late ‘29 during the transition to sound. Ted continued to work sporadically as a stuntman, double (for Hopalong Cassidy) and extra in westerns and serials through 1947, but primarily found employment as a ranch manager in Colorado and co-owned a concrete block manufacturing business. He did manage to star in two bottom of the barrel Robert J. Horner westerns (DEFYING THE LAW and PHANTOM COWBOY, both ‘35) in the sound era that did absolutely noting to enhance his status in the film business. Silent Westerns

Trial of Courage 1928

Director: Wallace Fox; Writers: Frank Howard Clark, Helen Gregg; Stars: Bob Steele (seen above), Marjorie Bonner as Ruth Tobin and Thomas G. Lingham. No further details available.

Sinner's Parade 1928

Director: John G. Adolfi; Writers: David Lewis (story), Beatrice Van (adaptation), Stars: Victor Varconi (seen above), Dorothy Revier and John Patrick. Margerie plays Sadie in the film.

The Columbia programmer Sinner's Parade stars studio utility player Victor Varconi as shady dance-hall proprietor Al Morton. Schoolteacher Mary Tracy (Dorothy Revier) goes to work for Al to support her family. When Bill Adams (John Patrick), the son of anti-vice campaigner Mrs. Adams (Clara Selwynne), falls for Mary, she tries to quit her job, but Al won't let her. The girl's resentment for Al intensifies when the joint is raided and she loses her teaching job as a result. Amazingly, however, Al turns out to be the hero of the piece when the "respectable" Bill Adams reveals himself to be a gangster boss, whereupon Mary saves Al from being taken for a ride by Adams' hired goons. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A Rider of the Sierras (short) 1929

Director: Ray Taylor; Writers: William Berke (scenario), William Berke (story); Stars: Edmund Cobb, Marjorie Bonner and Bob Kortman. No other details available.

Dangerous Days (short) 1929

Director: Jack Nelson; Stars: Bobby Nelson, Edmund Cobb and Marjorie Bonner.

The Sign of the Cross 1932

The Sign of the Cross (1932) is a pre-Code epic film released by Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille from a screenplay by Waldemar Young and Sidney Buchman, and based on the original 1895 play by Wilson Barrett. Read more on Wikipedia

Margerie played an uncredited Roman woman.

The Film Parade 1933

Director: J. Stuart Blackton; Writer: Howard Gaye; Stars: Kent Stevenson, Marian Constance Blackton and Violet Virginia Blackton. Margerie plays woman in Daguerre's Studio.

A two-reel short from Alliance (produced in England and not the USA as some sources indicate)covering the history of "moving pictures" from 1848 to the (then) present, and even going into detail about how stationary frames of pictures are made to move, and how Sound is put onto the track. Footage from many silent films is used, including Mary Pickford (identified as Gladys Nicholson) in 1910's "Simple Charity", and Camille's death scene from "La Dame aux cemelias" in which Sarah Bernhardt dies standing on her feet (possibly to ensure the other performers didn't upstage her) and takes her own sweet time doing it. Marlene Dietrich sings "Falling in Love Again" from the English version of "The Blue Angel", which is good as the German-language title of that song is tough to write on a keyboard that has no accent marks. This short's title was changed to "March of the Movies" in the USA, which makes more sense than what most of the US film titles were changed to in England. IMDb

The above film has been released as follows:

The DVD is still available from Amazon which means this is the easiest way to see Margerie in a movie! As she is impossible to identify in the uncredited roles in the De Mille movies.

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