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The present unavailability of 1928's is especially frustrating for those who'd like to compare this first version of the classic Anita Loos comic novel to the 1953 Marilyn Monroe-Jane Russell remake. The blonde in question is Miss Lorelei Lee, a dumb-like-a-fox golddigger on the prowl for a rich husband. With her best friend Dorothy Shaw (Alice White), Lorelei takes a trip to Gay Paree, where among other adventures she gets mixed up with roguish old millionaire Sir Francis Beekman (Mack Swain). Eventually she finds that true love doesn't come with a price tag, or does it? Ford Sterling and Holmes Herbert co-star as Lorelei and Dorothy's middle-aged swains. Lorelei herself is played by Ruth Taylor, a onetime Mack Sennett bathing beauty who retired from films upon her marriage to a Manhattan stockbroker (life imitates art!) Incidentally, Taylor was the mother of humorist Buck Henry. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Alice White
as Dorothy Shaw
Ford Sterling
as Gus Eisman
Holmes Herbert
as Henry Spofford
Mack Swain
as Francis Beekman
Emily Fitzroy
as Lady Beckman
Trixie Friganza
as Mrs. Spoffard
Chester Conklin
as The Judge
Yorke Sherwood
as Mr. Jennings
Blanche Frederici
as Miss Chapman
Eugene Borden
as Louis
Margaret Seddon
as Lorelei's Mother


Malcolm St. Clair
Anita Loos
Anita Loos
Play Author
Harold Hal Rosson
Herman Mankiewicz
Intertitle Writer
Anita Loos
Intertitle Writer