The Reckless Age (1924) is now available for our viewing pleasure on Kino Lorber's The Reginald Denny Collection! First of all, the quality of the print of this film is absolutely stunning! It's one of the best quality prints of a silent film that I have seen in a long time. I am not going to give a summary of the film, but I am going to talk about the lead actor Reginald Denny.
Reginald Denny is my favorite actor and he exemplified how versatile of an actor he was in this film. He played the romantic leading man very convincingly, he had great comedic timing, and he was very athletic (he had a great scene showing how athletic he was towards the end of the film). I had never seen Ruth Dwyer act before and she was very charming and beautiful. Denny and Dwyer had great chemistry. Definitely seek out The Reginald Denny Collection, which also includes two of my favorite films ever Skinner's Dress Suit (1926) and What Happened to Jones? (1926)!
The Reckless Age
Comedy / Drama
The Reckless Age
Comedy / Drama
Lord Harrowby has set the wedding date for his marriage to Cynthia Meyrick of the wealthy Meyrick family. To ensure that his marriage will take place, Harrowby buys a $100,000 insurance policy; if the wedding is called off through no fault of his own, the policy will pay off. Thus, Harrowby will either get rich by marriage or get rich by no marriage. However, the insurance company is loathe to lose money and, to make sure that the wedding takes place, they send an agent, Dick Minot, to fend off any obstacles to the impending nuptials. Of course, while dealing with missing jewels, a fake Lord, and blackmail attempts, Minot falls for the bride to be.A short amusing silent comedy, "The Reckless Age" stars handsome English actor Reginald Denny as Minot. Primarily known for his supporting work in such classics as "Rebecca," "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," and "Anna Karenina," Denny is the film's leading man. He displays startling blue-eyed star quality and a flair for comedy and slapstick; he also displays athleticism, especially when throwing a few punches at his antagonists. Lovely Ruth Dwyer plays Cynthia, the object of Minot's affections and Harrowby's designs; Dwyer is quite natural and works well with Denny. As the effete Lord Harrowby, William Astin also performs well, and the rest of the cast, today largely unknown, are quite good. Although an early silent, most of the cast avoid the flamboyant "grand style," but they do let loose during an extended slapstick free for all in a newsroom. The cinematography is crisp, and the projection speed is correct; no jumpy images or sped up motion that stereotypes silent films for many.Reginald Denny's career peak was during the silent era, but he cannot be called forgotten, because he appeared in quality films into the 1940's and subsequently worked in television. However, he is largely forgotten as a leading man, and the "The Reckless Age" offers viewers an entertaining opportunity to rediscover what made the Englishman a silent star in Hollywood.
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March 28, 2021 at 10:13 AM