The Lady (1925 film)

The Lady is a 1925 American silent drama film starring Norma Talmadge and directed by Frank Borzage.

The Lady
Norma Talmadge and Wallace MacDonald
Directed byFrank Borzage
Produced by  Norma Talmadge
  Joseph Schenck
Written by  Martin Brown (play)
  Frances Marion (scenario)
Starring  Wallace MacDonald
  Norma Talmadge
CinematographyTony Gaudio
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  January 25, 1925 (New York City premiere)
  February 8, 1925 (nationwide)
Running time
8 reels; 7,357 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film (English-language intertitles)

Talmadge's own production company produced the film with distribution by First National Pictures.

The film survives in the U.S. Library of Congress with reel 2 missing. The remaining elements of the film have severe beginning stages of nitrate decomposition making much of the film hard to follow.[1]


A young woman marries the wastrel son of a British aristocrat. Her husband, who has been disinherited by his father, loses what little money he has left gambling in casinos and then dies, leaving her penniless and with an infant son. When her former father-in-law tries to get custody of the child, she leaves him with a couple she trusts, but when she later goes to reclaim her son, she can't find the people she left him with.


Like many of Talmadge's silents of the 1920s The Lady is derived from a stage play. The play, The Lady, ran on Broadway from December 4, 1923 to February 1924 at Charles Frohman's Empire Theatre. It was produced by A. H. Woods. Mary Nash played Talmadge's part of Polly Pearl and Elizabeth Risdon played Fanny Le Clare which in the film was played by Doris Lloyd. Also in the cast was child actor Junior Durkin soon to find bigger fame in films.[2]



    1. Database (undated). "The Lady" Retrieved January 17, 2011.
    2. The Lady, Broadway play, database
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