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MANTRAP


PRESERVATION STATUS: Restored

Famous Players-Lasky. Distributed by: Paramount Pictures. 18 1926 (New York Premier; release July 24, 1926; copyright: August 30, 1926; LP23057). Silent; b&w. 35mm. 7 reels, 6,077 ft.

Presented by Adolph Zukor, Jesse L. Lasky. Associate Producer: B.P.Schulberg, Hector Turnbull. Directed by: Victor Fleming. Screenplay: Adelaide Heilbron, Ethel Doherty. Titles: George Marion, Mr. Photographed by: James Howe.

Cast: Ernest Torrence (Joe Easter), Clara Bow (Alverna), Percy Marmont (Ralph Prescott), Eugene Pallete (E. Wesson Woodbury), Tom Kennedy (Curly Evans), Josephine Crowell (Mrs. McGavity), William Orlamond (Mr. McGavity), Charles Stevens (Lawrence Jackfish), Miss Du Pont (Mrs. Barker), Charlot Bird (stenographer).

DOMESTIC COMEDY-DRAMA. Source: Sinclair Lewis, Mantrap (New York, 1926).

Ralph Prescott, a New York bachelor lawyer, throughly depises women, having to listen constantly to their excuses for seeking a divorce. To escape them he agrees to go on a camping trip with Mr. Woodbury to Mantrap Landing in the Canadian woods. Woodbury soon tires of Ralph's pampered condition, and they part ways after woodsman Joe Easter separates them in a fight. Joe takes Ralph to his trading post and there introduces him to Alverna, his wife, a former manicurist, who immediately begins to flirt with him; she pleads to be taken back to civilization when he leaves, and she joins him against his wishes. Ralph swears he will ask Joe to divorce her; then they are stranded when his canoe is stolen and are rescued by an aviator who is en route to a forest fire. Alverna tries to vamp the aviator; Joe arrives; and when Ralph admits his agreement to her plan, Alverna rejectes both of them. Later, she promises to be fithful to Joe, but he realizes she will always be a coquette. (Information from "The American Film Institute Catalogue of Feature Films".)




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