Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib

Director: Cecil B. DeMille Cast: Milton Sills, Elliott Dexter, Theodore Kosloff


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No, this society drama is not related in any way, shape or form to the 1949 Katherine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy comedy. It's one of Cecil B. DeMille's most critically savaged pictures. At 34, Anna Q. Nilsson was a bit young to play the neglected middle-aged wife of business man Michael Ramsay (Milton Sills). The deposed King of Morania (Theodore Kosling) begins to draw Mrs. Ramsay's attention away from her marriage and she makes plans to run off with him. Ramsay, meanwhile, is trying to keep his marriage intact by spending his fortune in an attempt to get the king back on his throne. All this is viewed with disgust by the Ramsay's flapper daughter, Mathilda (Pauline Garon). Although she is engaged to professor Nathan Reade (Elliott Dexter), Mathilda makes a play for the king, just to keep him away from her mother. She winds up saving her mother but ruining her own reputation and destroying Reade's trust. Ramsay makes himself a new fortune and reconciles with his wife, who writes a confession for Mathilda to hand to Reade. She takes it down to him in the tropics, where he is working, but he decides to believe her and destroys the letter without reading it. The last part of the film contains a sequence shot on color film. DeMille was famous for his fantasy sequences and this one, which takes place in caveman days, is one of his worst.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2014
UPC: 0842614106125
Original Release: 1923
Source: Grapevine Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 5,483

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Milton Sills Michael Ramsay
Elliott Dexter Prof. Nathan Reade
Theodore Kosloff Monsieur Joromir, King of Moravia
Anna Q. Nilsson Mrs. Michael Ramsay
Pauline Garon Mathilda Ramsay
Julia Faye "The Mischievous One"
George Field Minister to Moravia
Robert Brower Hugo Kermaier
Forrest Robinson Kramer
Gino Corrado Lt. Broschek
Wedgewood Nowell Secretary to Minister
Clarence Burton Cave Man
Clarence Geldert James Kilkenna

Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director,Producer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Wilfred Buckland Art Director
Jeannie Macpherson Screenwriter
Jeanie Macpherson Original Story
L. Guy Wilky Cinematographer
Alvin Wyckoff Cinematographer

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