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What do you think of 'The Delicious Little Devil' (1919)?


I find this comedy tedious, but I'm still delighted to discover Mae Murray, whom I've never heard of before. (Well, almost never. I saw her in the talkie Bachelor Apartment, but I don't clearly remember her.) Here she's vibrant, attractive and funny. Rudolph Valentino, in an early role, is as handsome as ever, but he does not steal the film from her.

I see from her bio that few of her films are available. That's a shame. At times, she overdoes it in this film, but with better material and a better director, she could have been sensational. Maybe there's a surviving film in which she is.

... Justin

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That's where I saw the film: on the DVD for Beyond the Rocks. It's been so long I barely remember the short now. I hope The Merry Widow (1925) gets released on DVD eventually. That looks like my best bet to see Mae Murray at her best.

What did you think of Beyond the Rocks?


...Justin

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THE MERRY WIDOW has been released on dvd since your post via Warner Bros. Archive "made on demand" line. Mae Murray was a superstar in the silent era and its a shame how little of her work is available although several of her silents still exist in archives or studio vaults.

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I loved it.

I recently purchased the "Beyond the Rocks" DVD and, for some reason, decided to start by this Mae Murray vehicle, and my surprise couldn't have been more pleasant! She was truly fantastic since the first scenes; such energy and grace! It first kind of reminded me of Mary Pickford, but as the movie developed, I could realize Ms. Murray had her very own, fabulous style. Such a magnificent comedienne she was!

The movie was rather good, too; quite funny.

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