Clothes Make the Woman (1928)

Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Walter Pidgeon was loaned out by his parent studio Warner Bros. to star in the Tiffany-Stahl production Clothes Make the Woman. Yet another variation of the "Anastasia" legend (with a bit of Josef Von Sternberg's The Last Command thrown in), the film casts Pidgeon as a former Russian peasant who emigrates to Hollywood and becomes a powerful movie producer (such things did happen!) While producing his latest epic, Pidgeon spots a familiar-looking female extra (Eve Southern). Sure enough, the girl turns out to be the "lost" Princess Anastasia, last of the Romanoffs. Having previously fallen in love with the Princess when he shielded her from harm during the 1917 Revolution, Pidgeon decides to produce a film based on her life and experiences, with himself as the leading man. But thanks to a tragic on-set accident, Anastasia is once more lost to the world -- this time permanently.

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accident, actor, aristocracy, damsel-in-distress, death, film-producer, immigrant, love, peasant, princess, protection, romance