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Director: Archie Mayo (Dir)
Release Date:   18 Jun 1927
Duration (in mins):   65
Duration (in feet):   5,897
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Irene Rich (Sylvia Darling)  
    William Collier Jr. (Stephen, her son)  
    Edna Murphy (Ethel Jordan)  
    Anders Randolf (Samuel Manley)  
    Richard Tucker (Luigi)  
    Arthur Rankin (Paul)  
    David Mir (Max)  
    Douglas Gerrard (Manley's friend)  
    Violet Palmer (Sylvia's maid)  

Summary: Finding herself in dire circumstances, the widowed Sylvia Darling determines that her son, Stephen, will complete his college education and develop his supposed literary talents; thus, she accepts a contract as singer in a Broadway nightclub, billed as "Dearie," and becomes an immediate sensation. Samuel Manley, a wealthy publisher who is attracted to Sylvia, allows her to entertain in his home, escorted by Luigi, the club proprietor. At college, Stephen and his self-styled roommates, Paul and Max, are expelled; and he romances Edna, the publisher's niece, who promises to promote his book with her uncle. Unimpressed by the egotistical youth, Manley rejects his work, and enraged, Stephen accidentally wounds his mother; furthermore, he denounces her when he learns that she is a cabaret entertainer, but he repents and is forgiven. Sylvia marries Luigi. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Archie Mayo (Dir)
  Henry Blanke (Asst dir)
Writer: Anthony Coldewey (Scen)
  Carolyn Wells (Story)
  Jack Jarmuth (Titles)
Photography: David Abel (Cam)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 11/6/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP24072

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Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Society
Subjects (Major): Authors
  College life
  New York City--Broadway
  Publishers and publishing


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   19 Jun 1927.   
New York Times   4 Jul 1927   p. 20.
Variety   6 Jul 1927   p. 20.

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