- The Mating Call (film)
Infobox Film | name = The Mating Call
writer = Novel:
Herman J. Mankiewicz
Thomas Meighan Evelyn Brent Renée Adorée Alan Roscoe Gardner James Helen Foster Luke Cosgrave Cyril Chadwick
Frances Ring Martin Roones Robert Israel(2004)
Ira H. Morgan
editing = Walter Woods (uncredited)
July 21, 1928
runtime = 72 min (2004 alternate version)
country = USA
imdb_id = 0019152
"The Mating Call" (1928) is a silent movie about a WWI vet who takes on the
Ku Klux Klanwhen he loses his wife to a womanizing Klansman. The film was produced by Howard Hughesfor his Caddo Corporation, and was originally released by Paramount Pictures. In 2006, the film was restored and re-released by Turner Classic Moviesin partnership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, along with two other Hughes-produced films " Two Arabian Knights" (1927) and " The Racket" (1928).
After the Armistice, Leslie Hatton, a
Floridafarmer, returns home to discover that his wife, Rose, has had their marriage annulledin order to marry wealthy Lon Henderson. Leslie returns to farming for solace, and Rose, quickly disillusioned by Henderson's infidelity, again offers herself to Leslie. He wants no part of her, however, and goes instead to Ellis Island, where he persuades Catherine, an aristocratic Russian immigrant, to marry him in return for a home in the United States. Jessie Peebles, a young girl disillusioned by an affair with Henderson, drowns herself in a pond on Leslie's farm, and Henderson, head of the local Ku Klux Klan, orders Leslie tried before a Klan tribunal. Leslie is found not guilty when letters are produced that link Henderson with the dead girl. Leslie's ordeal has had a good side, however, for he and Catherine have realized that what was to have been a marriage of convenience has become a marriage of love.
Although the story takes place immediately after World War I (1918-1919), all of Evelyn Brent's and Helen Foster's clothes are strictly in the 1928 short skirt mode, completely out of place in the time frame of the story.
Adorée received positive reviews for her performance in "The Mating Call", even though it differed little from the wide-eyed "Euro-damsels" that were her trademark.
This film long thought to be lost, was discovered in the archives of Howard Hughes memorabilia, by the curators of University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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