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The Red Mill (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 29 January 1927 (USA)
A tavern worker and the daughter of a burgomaster enter into elaborate masquerades in order to win the hearts of the men they love.

Director:

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (as William Goodrich)

Writers:

Frances Marion (adaptation), Frances Marion (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Tina
Owen Moore ... Dennis
Louise Fazenda ... Gretchen
George Siegmann ... Willem (as George Siegman)
Karl Dane ... Captain Jacop
Russ Powell Russ Powell ... Burgomaster (as J. Russell Powell)
Snitz Edwards ... Caesar
William Orlamond ... Governor
Ignatz Ignatz ... Self - a Mouse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Hampton Jack Hampton ... Boy Watching Kite
William White William White ... Boy With Runaway Kite (as Billy Hampton)
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Tina works as a barmaid at the Red Mill Tavern and is at the mercy of volatile and bad tempered owner, Willem. Dennis is a visitor to the area and Tina soon falls in love with him. Dennis doesn't share her feeling and leaves only to return later on. He becomes interested in Gretchen, the Burgomaster's daughter. However, Gretchen, about to enter into an arranged marriage with the Governor, is in love with Captain Jacop Van Goop. Tina and Gretchen enter into an elaborate masquerade in order to be with the men they each love. Written by jodlyn

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

This is the first of two films Marion Davies would star in with comedienne Louise Fazenda. See more »

Goofs

About 45 minutes into the film, after the mix-ups between who Dennis and Caesar are looking at across the courtyard, a dog suddenly appears out of nowhere, tied to the leg of the chair Dennis is sitting on. See more »

Quotes

Dennis: You're like a beautiful ray of sunshine standing there sunburning me.
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Alternate Versions

In 2006, Turner Entertainment Co. copyrighted a 74-minute version of this film, with original music composed by Michael Picton. See more »

Connections

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Delightfully restored on TCM, one of Marion Davies' best comedies...
9 April 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The good news is that even the title cards have a wit and humor that is carried over beautifully onto film under Fatty Arbuckle's direction for THE RED MILL, based loosely on a Victor Herbert operetta.

Quaint is a good word to describe the costumes and settings of the Dutch tale, which opens with a charming ice skating sequence that is played for laughs and largely succeeds because of the clever acting of MARION DAVIES and OWEN MOORE. The tale that follows is a case of mistaken identity, with Moore confusing Davies with the burgonmaster's daughter LOUISE FAZENDA, who is engaged in a comical relationship with someone else.

Davies has never been better at establishing herself as a comedienne from the start, given lots of bits of business (on and off the ice), including the stay in a haunted mill that occupies that last fifteen minutes of the story and is a good mixture of laughter and fright.

Technically, the film looks great with TCM's restoration and a bouncy score that accompanies rather than distracts (as some of the new scores do). Very worthwhile Marion Davies vehicle shows that she did indeed have promise as more than Hearst's favorite protégé.

Trivia note: The sets and costumes cry out for early Technicolor but only the night scenes are shaded a blue tint.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vörös malom See more »

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Budget:

$539,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2006 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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