Movie Monday: Being Respectable 1924

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Ninety-five years ago, today, the silent drama Being Respectable was released. Based on the novel of the same name written by Grace Flandrau, it was adapted by Dorothy Farnum. Directed by Phil Rosen, it starred Marie Prevost, Monte Blue, Louise Fazenda, Irene Rich, Theodore von Eltz, Frank Currier, Eulalie Jensen, Lila Leslie, Sidney Bracey and Charles French.

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Wealthy young Charles Carpenter is pressured by his family to marry Suzanne, even though he is really in love with young “flapper” Valerie. He gives in to his family’s pressure, however and marries Suzanne, after which Valerie leaves town. Years later, after Charles and Suzanne have had a child, Valerie comes back to town and, Charles realizes he is still in love with her…and she with him. Complications ensue. [Source]

Through the scheming of his respectable, and wealthy family, Charles Carpenter is obliged to marry Suzanne, although he is in love with young flapper Valerie Winship. Years later, when Valerie is back in town, they renew the affair and, Carpenter plans to leave his wife and child for her. […] in the end, he yields to family duty and respectability. [Source]

New York Times Review [August 4, 1924]

I could not find any video clips of this movie. ~Vic

4 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Being Respectable 1924

    badfinger20 said:
    July 12, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    I love flapper movies. The 20s and 60s to me had some similarities. Women were more open in the 20s than they would be in years…til the 60s. From what I read prosperity was high and people had a good time.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      July 13, 2019 at 12:25 AM

      I was reading an ‘Inside History’ article from The History Channel, yesterday, about “Lavender Marriages”. Hollywood forced many of their gay actors/actresses to marry the opposite sex to further their career. The article focused on Rudolph Valentino & Rock Hudson but, made mention of Cary Grant & Randolph Scott. It also stated that the gay culture wasn’t as strict in the 20s.

      It was prosperous until the planned crash of 1929.

        badfinger20 said:
        July 13, 2019 at 12:27 AM

        Wow…yea that sounds like Hollywood…

        Yea the crash put an end to the good times to everyone but entertainers and the elite who survived it.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          July 13, 2019 at 12:36 AM

          Gee. That same thing seems to keep happening…

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