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The Charmer
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Release Date:   20 Apr 1925
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 5 Apr 1925
Duration (in feet):   5,988
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Pola Negri (Mariposa)  
    Wallace MacDonald (Ralph Bayne)  
    Robert Frazer (Dan Murray)  
    Trixie Friganza (Mama)  
    Cesare Gravina (Señor Sprott)  
    Gertrude Astor (Bertha Sedgwick)  
    Edwards Davis (Mr. Sedgwick)  
    Mathilda Brundage (Mrs. Bayne)  

Summary: Mariposa, a wild dancer in a cheap Seville cafe, is taken to New York by Señor Sprott, a prominent theatrical producer. Billed as "The Charmer," Mariposa becomes the toast of two continents. Among her most ardent admirers are Ralph Bayne, a millionaire playboy, and his chauffeur, Dan Murray, both of whom first met her in Spain. Madly in love with Bayne, Mrs. Sedgwick invites Mariposa and her mother to a weekend party in a deliberate attempt to humiliate the beautiful dancer. Bayne quickly realizes that Mariposa is out of place in high society, and, determining to make her his mistress, takes her home with him. Mrs. Sedgwick unexpectedly arrives at Bayne's swank suite (closely followed by her suspicious husband), and Mariposa protects the society woman's reputation at the cost of her own. Murray arrives and attempts at gunpoint to force Bayne to marry Mariposa, but Mariposa objects and declares her intention of marrying Murray instead. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
Writer: Sada Cowan (Scen)
Photography: James Howe (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Patricia Rooney (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the novel Mariposa by Henry Baerlein (London, 1924).
Authors: Henry Baerlein

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 19/4/1925 dd/mm/yyyy LP21367

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Genre: Comedy-drama
Subjects (Major): Cafés
  New York City
  Seville (Spain)
  Class distinction
  Theatrical producers


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Exhibitors Trade Review   18 Apr 1925   p. 60.
Film Daily   19 Apr 1925.   
New York Times   6 Apr 1925   p. 17.
Variety   8 Apr 1925   p. 38.

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