Thursday, March 24, 2011
Silent Film Star: Priscilla Bonner.
Priscilla Bonner (February 17, 1899 – February 21, 1996), made her film debut opposite Charles Ray in the film, Homer Comes Home(1920). She went on to co-star with Jack Pickford in, The Man Who Had Everything (1920), Lon Chaney, Sr. in Shadows (1922), and Harry Langdon in, The Strong Man (1926). Comedy silent film starring Harry Langdon and directed by Frank Capra. Along with Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, The Strong Man is Langdon's best known film. Capra would also direct Langdon's next film, Long Pants (1927), which would be their last film together.
Video: The Strong Man(1926). The film is about, Paul Bergot, a Belgian immigrant, who has fallen in love with Mary Brown, a blind woman. They met as pen-pals when he was fighting during World War I. Paul searches for Mary Brown by asking every woman he meets if she is Mary Brown. By accident he rescues her town from crooks and bootleggers.
In 1925 she successfully sued Warner Bros. and won a settlement when she was originally chosen and then dropped as leading lady from John Barrymore's, The Sea Beast, in favor of Barrymore's new real life love interest, Dolores Costello. That same year she starred in the film, The Red Kimona. In 1927, Bonner was loaned to Paramount Pictures to co-star in the film, It (1927), starring Clara Bow.