A SLAVE OF FASHION
Produced and Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Premiere: July 19, 1925 (New York)
Released: August 23, 1925
Featured cast: Norma Shearer, Lew Cody, William Haines, Eleanor Boardman
Producer: Harry Rapf
Director: Hobart Henley
Screenwriters: Jane Murfin, Bess Meredyth
Source: the Samuel Shipman story
Cinematographer: Ben F. Reynolds
A girl seeking her fortune in New York impersonates a woman killed in a train wreck.
“The Samuel Shipman story now in production as Nothing to Wear will be released under the title of A Slave of Fashion.”
- “Shipman Story Given New Title,” Motion Picture News, June 6, 1925
“Though the central theme is highly preposterous, Hobart Henley, the director, has fashioned so deftly this transparent story that the moviegoer is sure to delight in every foot of the picture. Norma Shearer, who parades the gowns of the hour, is enough scenic beauty for any audience—incidentally, she does well in her share of acting.”
- Movie, October 1925
“Of course little girls who usurp the apartments of wealthy New York bachelors don’t usually have such luck. Nevertheless, Norma Shearer makes you believe that even virtue may wear velvet and diamonds. The outlandish comedy is so gaily and adroitly played by Miss Shearer and Lew Cody that it becomes first-rate entertainment, though not much fun for the children."
- Photoplay, October 1925
“Equipped with an incredibly piffling story, and utterly devoid of any legitimate dramatic interest, A Slave of Fashion nevertheless manages to be pretty consistently interesting. It is so because Norma Shearer can engage and hold the attention as successfully as any movie actress now playing; because Lew Cody has developed into a singularly graceful actor, and because Hobart Henley has done an excellent job of direction."
- Robert E. Sherwood, Life Magazine, August 20, 1925
“In this one I played a cigarette girl who gets a chance to masquerade as a woman of fashion. I remember meeting a newcomer called William Haines. He was fresh as paint and full of nonsense, so you couldn’t help but call him Billy.”
- Norma Shearer, Memoir Notes
A Slave of Fashion cost $131,000 and grossed $478,000.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include profits from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)