This is a little post that collects a variety of materials together regarding the first few years of Clara Bow’s film career. Here are reviews, pictures and advertisements from films that exist, films that are lost, and films that sit somewhere in the middle! Enjoy.
We start with The Daring Years, a lost film from 1923.
Moving on to Black Oxen, a film highly acclaimed and immensely popular on release, and which partly still exists today.
Next up, is material relating to Poisoned Paradise (1924). According to ClaraBow.net, the film is/was being preserved by UCLA.
Our next pieces are related to Maytime, a print of which was found in 2010.
Although from Picturegoer in 1925, the following article is placed here as the pictures etc are most related to the above films.
Up next is a film that received somewhat mixed reviews, Grit, from 1924 – a lost film.
Onto a film that does exist and is kicking around for people to hunt down should they want to, Capital Punishment (1925)
Not only does The Ancient Mariner not exist, but we also seem to be devoid of stills from the film, and even posters. A trawl through the web has dredged up the first three items below, followed by a review from Film Daily.
One final item is rather mysterious, and not something I have read about elsewhere. The March 1926 edition of Photoplay tells us that Clara was filming It’s The Old Army Game, and yet it was Louise Brooks who finally took the role in the finished movie. Perhaps someone out there can shed some light on this one!
All images are courtesy of the Media History Digital Library