While Paris Sleeps (1920)

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This melodrama, made in 1920 but not released until 1923, was based on a novel, The Glory of Love, by "Pan." Henri Santados (Lon Chaney), a sculptor in the Latin Quarter of Paris, is in love with his model, Bebe Larvache (Mildred Manning). Bebe, however, has met and fallen in love with a young American tourist, Dennis O'Keefe (John Gilbert). But O'Keefe's wealthy father (Harden Kirtland) does not approve of the match and he convinces her to end the relationship. Meanwhile, the jealous Santados wants to get rid of O'Keefe and has enlisted the help of Father Marionette (Jack F. MacDonald), the owner of a wax museum called "The Chamber of Horrors." After one last intoxicating night during Mardi Gras, Bebe puts herself in a compromising position with Santados, knowing she will be found by her lover. After finding them together, O'Keefe is kidnapped and taken to the wax museum where he is horribly tortured. Santados hands the phone over to Bebe and gleefully invites her to listen to her lover's pain. But O'Keefe is rescued at the last minute and he and Bebe are reunited. This time, his father gives the pair his blessings. Chaney would be better cast in the one other film he shot with Gilbert, 1924's He Who Gets Slapped.



artist, damsel-in-distress, kidnapping, love, love-triangle, modeling, rescue, rival