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The Primrose Path (1925)

Bruce Armstrong (MacDonald) is quite wealthy. He is also a drinker, a gambler, and pretty much worthless as a human being. For some reason, Marilyn Merrill (Bow), a successful dancer, ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry O. Hoyt

Writer:

Leah Baird
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace MacDonald ... Bruce Armstrong
Clara Bow ... Marilyn Merrill
Arline Pretty ... Helen
Stuart Holmes ... Tom Canfield
Pat Moore Pat Moore ... Jimmy Armstrong
Tom Santschi ... Big Joe Snead
Lydia Knott ... Mrs. Armstrong
Templar Saxe Templar Saxe ... Dude Talbot
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Bruce Armstrong (MacDonald) is quite wealthy. He is also a drinker, a gambler, and pretty much worthless as a human being. For some reason, Marilyn Merrill (Bow), a successful dancer, sticks by him. In spite of this, he gambles with her boss, and when he loses, he writes bad checks. In order to avoid jail, Armstrong gets involved in diamond smuggling. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

18
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Het kains teeken See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arrow Film Corporation See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An incomplete print exists in England, where ten to fifteen minutes of footage are missing. The UCLA Film and Television Archive also has some footage from this film as well. See more »

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Referenced in Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl (1999) See more »

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The Young and the Reckless
23 July 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Alcoholic playboy Wallace MacDonald (as Bruce Armstrong) would like to sober up and become more responsible, after a drinking accident causes him to cripple little brother Pat Moore (as Jimmy Armstrong). Still, the lure of liquor makes him to sneak drinks at home, and go out partying with carefree showgirl Clara Bow (as Marilyn Merrill). He's promised Ms. Bow he'll quit drinking and gambling. Further complicating Mr. MacDonald's life are the bad checks he's been accumulating. Nasty Stuart Holmes (as Tom Canfield) and Tom Santschi (as "Big Joe" Snead) force MacDonald to join their diamond smuggling racket, in lieu of payment.

Bow would like to help MacDonald, but finds herself similarly under Tom's thumb. An accidental killing puts the couple in additional dire straits. Soon, crippled brother Moore is forced into the spotlight. Reminded of his "Boy Scout" oath, young Moore is asked to testify against wayward MacDonald. Star Wallace MacDonald and reliable scene-stealers like Clara Bow, Stuart Holmes, and Tom Santschi are no match for young Pat Moore, who is handed the film on a silver platter, and wisely accepts. Moore's limping "Boy Scout" takes "The Primrose Path" all the way to the bank.

****** The Primrose Path (9/15/25) Harry Hoyt ~ Wallace MacDonald, Clara Bow, Pat Moore


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