Vintage original 7 x 9 in. US double-weight matte "Rush Proof" photograph from the 1920's silent film drama, QUALITY STREET, released in 1927 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and directed by Sidney Franklin.
The image features a medium shot of Nancy Willoughby (Margaret Seddon) and Phoebe Throssel (Marion Davies) eagerly looking out of a window at someone. As indicated by a large rubber stamp on the verso, this is a "Rush Proof" photograph that was issued "For Reference Only." It is in very fine+ condition.
*"Quality Street is a 1927 American silent romance film directed by Sidney Franklin and starring Marion Davies, Conrad Nagel and Helen Jerome Eddy. Produced by Cosmopolitan Productions for release through MGM, it was based on the 1901 play of the same name by James M. Barrie. Prints of this film are preserved at the Library of Congress and in the Turner Archive.
In her 26th film, Marion Davies starred in this romantic drama as a young woman about to be married when the man (Conrad Nagel) suddenly goes off to war. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Davies made her last silent "costume picture." She plays both Phoebe and (years later) the invented niece Livvy. This was only the second film in which Davies played an "old and faded" woman. The other was in The Young Diana. Davies won rave reviews, but the film was not a success. It earned the lowest gross receipts of all her MGM silent films."
*"The prolonged courtship of Phoebe Throssel with Dr. Valentine Brown is abruptly interrupted by the doctor's decision to join the English forces in the Napoleonic Wars. Meanwhile, Phoebe languishes in Green Willow Village, comforted by her sister, Susan; but with the passing of years, she develops into spinsterhood. When Dr. Brown returns after 10 years, Phoebe believes he will be disappointed at her aged appearance and transforms herself into a mythical niece and starts a flirtation with the doctor; finding herself in a number of embarrassing situations, she reverts to her former person to find that he loves her in spite of the changes wrought by time."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)
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