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The American Venus
Director: Frank Tuttle (Dir)
Release Date:   25 Jan 1926
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 24 Jan 1926
Duration (in feet):   7,931
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Esther Ralston (Mary Gray)  
    Lawrence Gray (Chip Armstrong)  
    Ford Sterling (Hugo Niles)  
    Fay Lanphier (Miss Alabama)  
    Louise Brooks (Miss Bayport)  
    Edna May Oliver (Mrs. Niles)  
    Kenneth MacKenna (Horace Niles)  
    William B. Mack (John Gray)  
    George De Carlton (Sam Lorber)  
    W. T. Benda (Artist)  
    Ernest Torrence (King Neptune)  
    Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Triton)  

Summary: Mary Gray, whose father manufactures cold cream, is engaged to sappy Horace Niles, the son of Hugo Niles, the elder Gray's most competitive rival in the cosmetics business. Chip Armstrong, a hot-shot public relations man, quits the employ of Hugo Niles and goes to work for Gray, persuading Mary to enter the Miss America contest at Atlantic City, with the intention of using her to endorse her father's cold cream should she win. Mary breaks her engagement with Horace. When it appears that she will win the contest, Hugo lures her home on the pretext that her father is ill, and she misses the contest. Chip and Mary return to Atlantic City, discovering that the new Miss America has told the world that she owes all her success to Gray's cold cream. On this note, Chip and Mary decide to get married. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Frank Tuttle (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
Writer: Frederick Stowers (Scen)
  Townsend Martin (Story)
Photography: J. Roy Hunt (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Frederick A. Foord (Art dir)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 25/1/1926 dd/mm/yyyy LP22325

Physical Properties: Si:
  b&w with col seq: Technicolor

Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Atlantic City (NJ)
  Beauty contests
  Business competition

Note: Fay Lanphier (1905--1959) won the title of Miss America in 1925. Although her character was "Miss Alabama" in The American Venus , she was from Santa Cruz, CA and entered the Miss America pageant as Miss California. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   31 Jan 1926.   
New York Times   26 Jan 1926   p. 25.
Variety   27 Jan 1926   p. 38.

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