LADY OF THE NIGHT
Louis B. Mayer Presents
A Metro-Goldwyn Picture
Released: February 23, 1925
Featured cast: Norma Shearer, Malcom McGregor, George K. Arthur
Producer: Harry Rapf
Director: Monta Bell
Screenwriter: Alice D.G. Miller
Source: the Adela Rogers St. Johns story
Cinematographer: André Barlatier
Working title: Two Worlds
A young inventor must choose between two girls who look alike but who come from different worlds.
“Norma Shearer has joined the movie blonde brigade for her dual role in Monta Bell’s Lady of the Night. A blonde wig accomplishes the change of role.”
- “Production Highlights,” Exhibitors Trade Review, January 31, 1925
Note: No footage or still photographs of this wig are known to exist.
“The makeup of the dance-hall girl is something new for Miss Shearer, especially as it is rather exaggerated. She has imbued this character with a great deal of sympathy, and particularly unforgettable is that scene where she visits the room of the man she loves the same evening that he is escorting the other girl to a dance."
- Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times, March 9, 1925
“Miss Shearer, in this picture, has accomplished one of the most difficult characterizations that fall to the lot of a motion picture actress, that of two girls in entirely different worlds. This has been done with a clear and well defined contrast, Miss Shearer taking both roles extremely well.”
- E. Merrill Noel, Film Fun, August 1925
“Miss Shearer does the best acting she has ever done. She is splendid as Molly, who wears weird clothes and has a flair for imitation aigrette feathers."
- Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times, March 2, 1921
“A slight little tale of the romance of two girls of marked resemblance who fall in love with the same man gives Norma Shearer her opportunity to flash some really inspired acting. It is an intelligent performance, one marked by real understanding and authority. Monta Bell has dressed it up with subtle shafts of humor and human touches.”
- Motion Picture, June 1925
“This is the best picture that Norma Shearer has done. A good film, but it did not average high here because it played during a week when no houses did much.” (Midwest exhibitor letter)
- “Exhibitors Box-Office Reports,” Motion Picture News, May 30, 1925
“A dual role is an actor’s delight! But I liked playing the tough girl better.”
- Norma Shearer, Memoir Notes
Lady of the Night cost $80,000 and grossed $326,000.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include profits from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)