ENEMIES OF WOMEN

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PRESERVATION STATUS: An incomplete 35mm print exists at The Library of Congress.

Cosmopolitan Productions. Distributed by: Goldwyn Distributing Corp. ca April 15, 1923.  Production date: late 1922-January 1923.  Filming took place in NYC and Monte Carlo. New York premiere:  March 31, 1923.  General release:  September 2, 1923.  Copyright: May 21, 1923; LP19004). Silent; b&w. 35mm. 11 reels, 10,501 ft.

Directed by: Alan Crosland. Scenario: Lohn Lynch. Photographed by: Ira Morgan. Sets: Joseph Urbvan. Production Manager: John Lynch. Costumes: Gretl Urban.

Cast: Lionel Barrymore (Prince Lubimoff), Alma Rubens (Alicia), Pedro De Cordoba (Atilio Catro), Gareth Hughes (Spadoni), Gladys Hulette (Vittoria), William Thompson (Colonel Marcos), William Collier, Jr. (Gaston), Mario Majeroni (Duke de Delille), Betty Bouton (Alicia's maid), Madame Jean Brindeau (Madame Spadoni), Ivan Linow (terrorist), Paul Panzer (Cossack).  Clara Bow (Girl dancing on table).

Note:  It was during the filming of this movie that Clara's mother passed away.  

ROMANTIC DRAMA: Source: Vicente Blasco-Ibanez, "Los Enemigos de la Mujer" (trans. by Irving Brown; New York, 1920). After killing a Cossack in a duel, middle-aged libertine Prince Lubimoff flees Russia with the aid of Alicia, in whom he has taken great interest. In Paris, however, Lubimoff mistakes Alicia's son, Gaston, for a young lover and leaves her. They next meet in Monte Carlo, where Alicia is desperately trying to earn money for Gaston (now a captured soldier) at the gaming tables. In the meanwhile, Lubimoff, who has lost most of his fortune during the revolution in Russia, has formed a small group called "Enemies of Women." Circumstances bring about a duel between Lubimoff and Gaston, who dies of heart failure. Lubimoff learns the truth and, chastened, leaves to serve in the war. He later finds Alicia serving as a Red Cross nurse, and they seek consolation in each other's love. (Information from "The American Film Institute Catalogue of Feature Films".)

 


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