Description: SILENT FEATURE FILM THE FIRST FILM VERSION OF SOMERSET MAUGHAM'S CLASSIC NOVELLA, "MISS THOMPSON," FEATURED THE CREATIVE TALENTS OF GLORIA SWANSON, LIONEL BARRYMORE, RAOUL WALSH, ART DIRECTOR WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES AND CAMERAMAN OLIVER MARSH, AT THE HEIGHT OF THEIR CAREERS. SWANSON AND BARNES WERE NOMINATED FOR OSCARS - THEN IN ITS FIRST YEAR. THIS FILM PROVED TO BE A LANDMARK OF THE SILENT ERA. PERHAPS ITS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT WAS THE FILM'S UNCOMPROMISING TRANSLATION OF MAUGHAM'S CONTROVERSIAL STORY OF A SAN FRANCISCO PROSTITUTE AND A SOUTH PACIFIC REFORMER. SWANSON CORRECTLY MAINTAINED THAT THE FILM'S SILENCE WAS ITS GREATEST ASSET, FOR THE CHURCHES AND HAYS OFFICE COULD NOT CENSOR WHAT THEY COULDN'T HEAR.
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