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Queen Kelly

Queen Kelly (1929)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1929 Wide

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Though filmmaker Erich Von Stroheim's notorious profligacy had made him virtually unhirable in the US by 1929, screen-star Gloria Swanson still had faith in him. She poured a great deal of her own money in Von Stroheim's last silent film, Queen Kelly, and agreed to play the leading role to insure box-office success. When production began, Stroheim had not quite completed his script: all he had was the premise of a young Irish convent girl named Kitty Kelly (Gloria Swanson) being seduced by a

Jun 10, 2003

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A compelling curiosity deserving recognition beyond trivia value as the 'Sunset Boulevard' clip projected by Gloria Swanson's faded Norma Desmond.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Gloria Swanson in one of her more famous roles, directed by Von Stroheim.

March 2, 2008
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Only stands as an incomplete work that represents what might have been great if so much of it wasn't missing.

July 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A victim of the inflated ego of star Swanson and director Von Stroeheim, this unfinished work is endlessly fascinating for its overreaching scope and wanton glamor.

April 30, 2003
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After reading the glorious memoir Swanson on Swanson by Gloria Swanson I was ravenous to see more of her silent pictures from the dawning of the movie industry. This gem from overspending, OCD ridden director Eric von Stroheim was never officially finished as the production went over budget and there were significant disputes between Stroheim and Swanson, but what was salvaged is a beautiful piece of filmmaking. A type of grown up fairy tale with themes of romanticized violence, renegade from the Catholic Church, and the gamine charm of Swanson herself. Though the ending set in Africa was never filmed, which is a missing plot point, it's still a good watch for anyone with little resources for their own filmmaking endeavors and need inspiration. This was done with little budget and a million tiny problems, but is now a classic.
March 22, 2011
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Wow, that was a great love story, I just wish they could have found all the footage for the ending so we could see it all. I really liked this movie, and if you're a fan of Swanson, you should see it too.
January 28, 2011
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