This week’s mystery movie has been the 1928 MGM film “The Wind,” starring Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love, Dorothy Cumming, Edward Earle, William Orlamond, Carmencita Johnson, Laon Ramon and Billy Kent Schaefer, with a screenplay by Frances Marion adapted from the novel by Dorothy Scarborough. It was directed by Victor Seastrom.
It is available on DVD from Amazon Spain.
“The Wind” opened Dec. 14, 1928, in Los Angeles, having been held by MGM for a year, presumably to reshoot the ending.
In the Nov. 5, 1928, New York Times, critic Mordaunt Hall said:
Yesterday afternoon’s rain was far more interesting than the Capitol Theatre’s current screen, offering, “The Wind,” an adaptation of a story by Dorothy Scarborough. The rain was real, and in spite of the lowering skies there was life and color around you. In the picture, the wind, whether it is a breeze or a cyclone, invariably seems a sham, and Lillian Gish, the stellar light in this new film, frequently poses where the wind is strongest; during one of the early episodes she does her bit to accentuate the artificiality of this tale by wearing the worst kind of hat for a wind.
In the Dec. 15, 1928, Los Angeles Times movie critic Edwin Schallert said:
The plot of the picture is in its way logical enough, though some of the circumstances test the imagination considerably…. Photographically, for example, there are some scenes which are decidedly mechanical and Miss Gish’s acting has the fault at times of being theatrical. However there is very much to commend the production pictorially, and as a whole Miss Gish’s acting has a splendid vitality. It is all the more regrettable on this account that the melodrama of certain situations is overemphasized, with the resulting loss of a certain finer reality.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is William Orlamond.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Dorothy Cumming.
For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Montagu Love.
Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests).
For Thursday, we have this intense gent, who says: “All will become clear by Friday.”
Update: This is Lars Hanson.
Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Ellen (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest).
And for Friday, we have a non-mystery woman who is apparently caught in the Santa Anas.
Update: This is Lillian Gish.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guest — very funny), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Bob Hansen (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest).