The Red Kimona
Also known as The Red Kimono in the USA
B&W : Feature film
Directed by Walter Lang
Cast: Priscilla Bonner [Gabrielle Darley], Nellie Bly Baker [Clara Johnson], Carl Miller [Howard Blaine], Theodore von Eltz [Terrance O’Day], Tyrone Power (Sr.) [Gabrielle’s father], Virginia Pearson [Mrs. Beverly Fontaine], George Siegman (George Siegmann) [Mr. Mack], Mary Carr [prison matron], Dot Farley [inquisitive one], Emily Fitzroy [housekeeper], Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport) [woman narrator], Max Asher [H.E. Reid], Ellinor Vanderveer [woman with D.A.’s wife], Lottie Williams [crying woman in courtroom]
Mrs. Wallace Reid Productions production; distributed by Vital Exchanges, Incorporated. / Produced by Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport). Scenario by Dorothy Arzner, from a screen story by Adela Rogers St. John. Production manager, Cliff Broughton. Cinematography by James Diamond. Intertitles by Malcolm Stuart Boylan. Presented by Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport). / Released 16 November 1925. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Lang’s first film as director. Original prints featured brief hand-colored sections; the kimoma is tinted red in the jail cell after the murder trial, and later when ‘Fred’ looks for Gabrielle in New Orleans at night the street lamps were tinted, presumably red. [?] Screen credits list the title as “The Red Kimona,” but contemporary film advertisements list the title as “The Red Kimono.” The film was banned by the British Board of Film Censors in 1926. / Silent film.
Survival status: Print exists in the Library of Congress film archive.
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Abuse - Accidents - Amusement parks: Roller coasters - Animals: Cats - Benches - Bibles - Bruises - Cameras (Box, Still) - Charity - Chases - Chauffeurs - Children - Classified ads - Crime: Murder - Death: Murder - Dolls - Doorbells - Fairways - Jails - Jewellers - Maids - Law: Acquitals, Courtrooms, Judges, Murder trials, Verdicts - Medical: Nurses - Newspapers - Pipes - Police: Policemen, Traffic cops - Prisons - Redemption - Reputation - Reunions - Signage - Social status - Society women - Soldiers - Spats - Street scenes - Telegrams - Telegraph offices - Transportation: Automobiles, Conductors, Motorcycles, Streetcars, Taxi cabs, Trains, Train stations - USA: California (Los Angeles), Louisiana (New Orleans) - War: World War I (28 July 1914-11 November 1918) - Western Union
Listing updated: 16 December 2010.
References: Film credits, film viewing : Limbacher-Feature p. 200; Robertson-British p. 186; Wakeman-World p. 4 : ClasIm-278 p. 42 : Website-IMDb : Documentary-Slide.
Home video: DVD.