Singed Wings (1922)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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What was Paramount thinking when it cast a capable comedienne like Bebe Daniels in this artificial tragedy? The funny moments here were all created inadvertently. Conrad Nagel, Adolphe Menjou and Ernest Torrence are among the other capable actors who are also wasted. Bonita (Daniels), a Spanish dancer, has a strange allegorical dream -- she is shot by an evil court jester when she gives a rose to her beloved prince. Her grandfather, Don Jose della Guerda (Robert Brower), explains that the dream shows her that she must avoid all lovers. So when Bonita meets handsome Peter Gordon (Nagel), she sends him away for fear that she will be killed by Emilio(Torrence), a strange but worshipful clown who is always near her. Instead she turns her attention to Peter's uncle, Bliss (Menjou). To win back his love, Bliss' wife, Eve (Mabel Trunelle) learns Bonita's dances and impersonates her at a masked ball. This is a fatal mistake, as the jealous clown mistakenly shoots her. In the end, Emilio kills himself, leaving Bonita free to reunite with Peter.

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anger, clown, club [organization], curse, destiny, dream, family, grandfather, love, nephew, nightclub, nightmare, prince, solace, Spain, superstition, uncle, wife