THE PATSY
Patsy (web).jpg
Showings
Castro TheatreFri, Jul 19, 2013 7:00 PM
Accompanied by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Not Available
 
Description
USA, 1928, Director King Vidor
Cast
Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Marie Dressler, Dell Henderson, Lawrence Gray, Jane Winton

General $15 / Member $13

Before William Randolph Hearst decided that comedic roles were beneath her, Marion Davies had already established herself as a madcap comedienne on the musical stage. Director King Vidor had enough Hollywood clout to defy Hearst and play to Davies’ true strengths and the result is demonstrated in her incandescent performance in The Patsy. J.B. Kaufman writes, “Energetic, irrepressible, bubbling over with good humor yet capable of quiet sensitivity, she proves herself once and for all a genuine star. In her most celebrated scene she demonstrates her talent for mimicry by offering devastatingly accurate impressions of Mae Murray, Lillian Gish, and Pola Negri. (Mae Murray and Lillian Gish were, like Davies, MGM stars at the time, and Pola Negri's Three Sinners was released almost simultaneously with The Patsy.)” (TRT: 84 mins.)