The Masked Bride

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The Masked Bride
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Directed by Christy Cabanne
Josef von Sternberg (uncredited)
Written by Carey Wilson (scenario)
Story by Leon Abrams
Produced byMetro Goldwyn Mayer
Starring Mae Murray
Francis X. Bushman
Basil Rathbone
Cinematography Oliver Marsh
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 13, 1925 (1925-12-13)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Masked Bride is a 1925 American silent romantic drama film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Mae Murray, Francis X. Bushman, and Basil Rathbone. [1] It is currently a lost film. [2]



As described in a review in a film magazine, [3] Gaby (Murray) is an Apache dancer at a cabaret in the Montmartre section of Paris whose dancing partner Antoine (Rathbone) and friends are thieves. She meets Grover (Bushman), an American millionaire who is a reformer and making a study of crime. She kids him along, even falling in with her partners' scheme to rob him of a valuable necklace. She plays the game to the extent of preparing for the ceremony, but her better self comes to the fore when she realizes the depth of the American's love and the duplicity of her sweetheart who chose the necklace in preference to her. She finds happiness as the American's wife.



Josef von Sternberg was originally hired to direct the film. After two weeks of filming, he became frustrated with Mae Murray's behavior on the set and ordered the cameramen to film the rafters. He eventually walked out on the picture and was replaced by Christy Cabanne. [4] [5]

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  1. Progressive Silent Film List: The Masked Bride at
  2. "The Masked Bride at" . Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  3. Sewell, Charles S. (December 12, 1925). "Through the Box Office Window: The Masked Bride; Pleasing Story of a Dancer of the Paris Underworld Serves as Mae Murray Vehicle". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 77 (6): 576. Retrieved October 27, 2021.PD-icon.svg This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain .
  4. Koszarski, Richard (1984). Great American Film Directors: In Photographs. Courier Dover Publications. p. 30. ISBN   0-486-24752-X.
  5. Ankerich, Michael G. (2012). Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips. University Press of Kentucky. p. 332. ISBN   978-0-813-14038-4.