Venus (1929)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - France, USA  |  
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In her last silent film -- and her last film, period -- Constance Talmadge stars as the fabulously wealthy Princess Beatrice Doriani. While taking a cruise on her private yacht "Venus," Beatrice unwittingly inspires Captain Franqueville (Jean Murat) to fight a duel over her honor. Franqueville kills his opponent, jumps ship and joins the Foreign Legion. By now hopelessly in love with her former employee, Beatrice goes all the way to North Africa for a tearful reunion with Franqueville. Based on a novel by Jean Vignaud, Venus was directed in France by Louis Mercanton, whose 10-year-old son Jean plays a key role. Constance Talmadge's decision to retire after the completion of this film turned out to be a wise one; Venus was yet another box-office disappointment for this once-popular leading lady.