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    The Red Kimono (Vital Exchanges, 1925). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style A.
    Dorothy Davenport Reid made a name for herself as a maker of socially conscious films following the death of her husband, Wallace Reid, from drug addiction. Red Kimono was the third of these films, and the only one that survives. From the beginning, the picture was shrouded in controversy. Its subject matter -prostitution, crime and social discrimination - was highly questionable for a film of that time. Moreover, the prostitute that Davenport based the story on, Gabrielle Darley, successfully sued the writer/director for invasion of privacy. Although Davenport lost much of her fortune as a result of the judgment, she would continue writing, directing, and acting in films for several decades. Priscilla Bonner is cast as Darley, the young, naive girl who is tricked by her lover into prostitution in New Orleans. Strong supporting cast members include Tyrone Power, Sr. as Bonner's father, and Virginia Pearson, legendary vamp of the silent era. A portrait in vibrant color of a chicly dressed Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport) reading a 1917 newspaper story about Darley fill this rare stone litho, a first time offer from Heritage. Touch-up has been applied to a tear from the top edge into the background, fold wear, chips near the center and left border. Fine on Linen.


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