Mad Dancer (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Follies star Ann Pennington had been away from motion pictures for several years when she played the title role in this drama. Naturally she gets the opportunity to display her terpsichorean talents, and she's accompanied by the then-hugely popular Vincent Lopez Orchestra which, unfortunately, couldn't be heard in a silent film. Mimi (Pennington) is the mad dancer of the Latin Quarter, and sculptor Serge Verlaine (E. Coit Albertson) is impressed by her charms. She agrees to pose nude for him only because of the poverty of her blind father. When her father commits suicide, Mimi goes to the U.S., where her relatives are shocked when they get word of her modeling. So she travels to Washington, D.C., where she meets and falls in love with Keith Arundel (Johnnie Walker). Verlaine arrives with his statue and threatens to expose Mimi as the model unless she marries him. Mimi smashes the head of the statue and Arundel's uncle writes the sculptor a check to keep him quiet. With her reputation saved, Mimi is able to marry Arundel.

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America, dance [art], fame, return, sculpture, suffering