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½ January 13, 2014
Clara Bow is a delightful presence on screen even when her character is frustrating, infuriating, and self-centered. The rest of the cast supports her well enough, but no one competes with her luminous presence. The story was not exactly what I anticipated from the title. A refreshing, lesser known silent comedy.
½ August 12, 2012
Charming and silly, this knockabout silent comedy sports the dynamic and effervescent Clara Bow, who would soon be known as the first 'It Girl' after her 1927 film smash 'It'. Basically an excuse for Bow to pull out all the stops and deliver some world-class onscreen flirting, Mantrap features a devoted backwoods hubbie, an honourable but soon infatuated big-city lawyer, and plenty of hair primping, neckline adjusting and she-means-business skirt-straightening. And the beauty of Mantrap to modern viewers is that Bow's character isn't the villain of the piece, she's the original 'manic pixie dream girl' - the audience *wants* her to get away with her outrageous minx routine.
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