Review: ‘The Patsy’

Barry Conners' stage play has been converted with liberal licenses into a dandy laugh picture. Marion Davies does some really great comedy work.

Barry Conners’ stage play has been converted with liberal licenses into a dandy laugh picture. Marion Davies does some really great comedy work.

Many of the laughs come from the subtitles, with about half taken verbatim or with slight changes from the play. Ralph Spence gets sole credit for the title job, but should split credit with Conners.

The picture follows loosely the general story of The Patsy, that of a younger sister who is imposed upon by an older sister and her mother, who favors the butterfly daughter. Pop takes sides with The Patsy, being somewhat of a patsy himself.

Efforts of the younger girl to attract the attention of the man who is courting her sister forms the basis of the comedy and plot. Toward the end, with a generous employment of screen liberty, Davies does a series of imitations of Pola Negri, Mae Murray and Lillian Gish. The imitations are great and reveal Davies as a skillful comic.

The Patsy

Production

M-G-M. Director King Vidor; Screenplay Ralph Spence; Camera John F. Seitz

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1928. Running time: 64 MIN.

With

Marion Davies Orville Caldwell Marie Dressler Del Henderson Lawrence Gray Jane Winton
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