Red Hot Romance

Red Hot Romance is a 1922 American silent comedy film directed by Victor Fleming. A fragmentary print survives in the Library of Congress.[2][3]

Red Hot Romance
Makeup test during production. Writers Emerson and Loos at left, director Fleming seated, and Sydney and Collins at right.[1]
Directed byVictor Fleming
Produced byJohn Emerson
Anita Loos
Written byJohn Emerson
Anita Loos
StarringBasil Sydney
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Ernest G. Palmer
Distributed byAssociated First National
Release date
  • February 13, 1922 (1922-02-13)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] young American Rowland Stone (Sydney) receives $50 per week from the estate of his rich uncle until he reaches age 25, at which time, according to the will, he is to hear of further bequests. He is in love with Anna Mae (Collins), the daughter of an old Virginia family, the head of which, Colonel Cassius Byrd (Connelly), has been waiting 40 years for a diplomatic post. The young man pawns all of his furniture to get her presents. When the day of his big inheritance arrives, Rowland discovers that he is to receive $25 per week and must serve one year as an insurance agent to prove his worth before he can secure his fortune. His sweetheart has gone with her father to the nation of Bunkonia in South America, so the new insurance agent sees there some fertile fields and sets sail with his valet Thomas (Wilson). In Bunkonia he meets the villainous Jim Conwell (Atwell), the best families, King Caramba XIII (Lalor) and his cabinet, and he insures everyone in sight. Jim knows the terms of the will and plots a revolution, knowing that the insured king and cabinet will be the first to die and thus ruin the insurance agent. The Colonel, now a counsel, is imprisoned by the plotters and Jim kidnaps Anna Mae, compelling Rowland to save the king, cabinet, sweetheart, and counsel for the sake of insurance, love, and country. During the revolution Rowland is in the difficult position of being unable to kill any of the plotters since they carry policies with his insurance companies. In spite of this handicap, they are all saved with the arrival of the U.S. Marines.



The film was shot under the working title Wife Insurance.[5] A portion of the script under the working title was published in Loos and Emerson's book, Breaking into the Movies (1921).[1]


  1. Emerson, John; Loos, Anita (1921). Breaking into the Movies. Philadelphia: G.W. Jacobs.
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  3. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Red Hot Romance
  4. "Reviews: Red Hot Romance". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (7): 64. February 11, 1922.
  5. "Screen People and Plays" (PDF). New York Times. 1921-04-03. Retrieved 2013-10-30.

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