The Matinee Idol

Film

Comedy

 

Time Out says

Long believed lost, until a print turned up in France and was beautifully restored with the aid of high definition video, Capra's silent comedy contains much that anticipates his later flair. A Broadway star stumbles on a travelling theatrical troupe of hilarious ineptitude, and hires them for a cheap laugh to appear in the big city. The cruelty of the conceit is happily defused by the exuberant playing of Bessie Love, one of the screen's great comediennes of the '20s and '30s.
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Release details

UK release:

1928

Duration:

65 mins

Cast and crew

Cinematography:

Philip Tannura

Producer:

Harry Cohn

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Cast:

Bessie Love, Lionel Belmore, Sidney D'Albrook, Ernest Hilliard, David Mir, Johnnie Walker

Screenwriter:

Elmer Harris

Director:

Frank Capra

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