The Sporting Venus

The Sporting Venus is a 1925 American silent romance film directed by Marshall Neilan.[1] The film was the second MGM release of Neilan, and starred his wife, actress Blanche Sweet,[2] who allegedly sported the lowest waistline of 1925. This is the first of two feature films that paired Ronald Colman with Blanche Sweet, the second being His Supreme Moment, which was released in May 1925.[3] This film is listed as being extant (surviving) at silentera database.[4]

The Sporting Venus
1925 theatrical poster
Directed byMarshall Neilan
Screenplay byThomas J. Geraghty
Story byGerald Beaumont
StarringBlanche Sweet
Ronald Colman
Lew Cody
CinematographyDavid Kesson
Edited byBlanche Sewell
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn
Release date
  • April 13, 1925 (1925-04-13)
Running time
6 reels (5,938 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Lady Gwendolyn (Blanche Sweet) is an heiress in love with a medical student, Donald (Ronald Colman), despite being bespoken to foreign prince Carlos (Lew Cody).



Life Magazine wrote "The Sporting Venus is typical of Neilan at his worst and at his best. It is foolish, inconsequential and spineless, and yet it is entertaining. ... If you look for rhyme or reason in The Sporting Venus, you will look in vain."[5]

See also


  1. Donald W. McCaffrey; Christopher P. Jacobs (1999). Guide to the Silent Years of American Cinema. Reference guides to the world's cinema (illustrated, annotated ed.). Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 85 207 259. ISBN 9780313303456.
  2. Ann Lloyd; Graham Fuller; Arnold Desser (1983). Ann Lloyd; Graham Fuller (eds.). The Illustrated Who's Who of the Cinema (illustrated ed.). Orbis. p. 425. ISBN 9780856135217.
  3. Jacobs, Lea (2008). The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s (illustrated ed.). University of California Press. p. 242. ISBN 9780520254572.
  4. Progressive Silent Film List: The Sporting Venus at
  5. Mitchell, John Ames (1925). "The Sporting Venus". Life. 85 (Part 2): 28 29.

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