The Red Mill

1927

Comedy / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 1398

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Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

Pretty good comedy--very light and pleasant

While this film isn't nearly as good as Marion Davies' best comedy, SHOW PEOPLE, it is still a pretty good silent comedy. It is NOT sophisticated and the humor is rarely laugh out loud funny, but it is nonetheless a sweet movie about mistaken identity as well as a poor and abused girl finally getting a break. Ms. Davies played an abused young lady--much like Cinderella. However, despite her nasty boss, she maintains a sweet disposition and eventually this decency is rewarded when she meets the right man. However, at about the same time, another woman is being forced to marry a man she does not love and so the two briefly change places--creating some mildly amusing moments. All in all, this is a nice movie with a few mild laughs--well made but not exactly life changing.

By the way, Davies' pet mouse is named "Ignatz" in honor of the Krazy Kat cartoons.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 7 / 10

Not a note of Victor Herbert

The saddest thing about The Red Mill is that it never got a sound adaption so the Victor Herbert-Henry Blossom score was never heard. Watching it I was hoping at least to hear some of the songs on the sound track. But there was nary a note of Herbert's heard in the film.

The Red Mill was a vehicle for the famous vaudeville team of Fred Stone and David Montgomery and ran in the 1906-07 season for 274 performances. The score consisted of such Herbert classics as In Old New York and Every Day Is Lady's Day With Me and Moonbeams. Purportedly there was a planned remake of it that was shelved that would have starred Laurel and Hardy. It might have been a great film.

This version has the plot somewhat altered to fit Marion Davies who plays a Dutch barmaid who falls in love with visiting Irishman Owen Moore. It's a good thing that Roscoe Arbuckle directing under the pseudonym William Goodrich was in charge. He saw that Davies got some nice comedy bits at which she was so much better at than some of the heavy dramatics that William Randolph Hearst her patron and paramour saw as her strength.

MGM spent a lot of money designing some great sets including a Dutch mill where Davies spends the climax trying to elude the villain with Moore trying to rescue her. It's similar to the rather outlandish and funny climax in the rollicking film Many Rivers To Cross that starred Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker with Davies her own worst enemy in the rescue.

The mill itself is very similar to the one in the Frankenstein movies over at Universal. It's quite remarkable even for today.

I'm disappointed in not hearing any Victor Herbert music, but Marion Davies is quite good in this film.

Reviewed by wes-connors 9 / 10

A Classic Silent Comedy

Poor barmaid Marion Davies (as Tina) is the drudge of the "Red Mill Tavern"; she is always "in Dutch", meaning (wittily) both "in trouble" and "in Holland" (this comedy's setting). Ms. Davies' only friend is Ignatz, a little white mouse, who lives in her shoe. One day, Davies sees Owen Moore (as Dennis Wheat) ice skating; and, she is attracted to him. She ventures out to find Mr. Moore surrounded by female admirers, but manages a meeting. Davies must struggle to win Moore's heart, after she learns he is a Governor, betrothed to a wealthy maiden.

"The Red Mill" is a very funny silent comedy, which still works, today, thanks to expert work by director Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (incognito as "William Goodrich"). Davies and Moore are a winning comic team; and, Davies' starring performance is particularly fine. Louise Fazenda, Snitz Edwards, and Karl Dane are perfect in supporting roles. And, Ignatz is a delightful mouse. Many of the title cards, by Joseph Farnham, from Henry Blossom's original play, are hilarious:

"My name's Tina"

"Mine's Wheat. Wheat-Tina. We ought to get together for breakfast."

"She's got a beautiful chassis."

"Never mind the chassis. Wait till you see what she's got under the hood."

"I never believed in love at first sight until I took a second look at you."

"I'm through! There's too much traffic on your ladder."

"You must be twins. No one man could be so dumb!"

Of course, the visual situations are necessary to fully enjoy the comedy. "The Red Mill" is also extremely well-photographed, by Hendrik Sartov, who worked with D.W Griffith and Lillian Gish. The exciting finale, with George Siegmann whipping Davies, and locking her in the windmill, is almost an "homage" to Griffith and Siegmann's similar treatment of Ms. Gish, in some well-known Griffith films. But, what happened to poor Ignatz? A final pan should have revealed the mouse was alive and well.

********* The Red Mill (1/29/27) Roscoe Arbuckle ~ Marion Davies, Owen Moore, Louise Fazenda, George Siegmann

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