I set out to find this film quite a while ago and when I finally found it I was extatic. And no, not just because Nils Asther is in it, but because it's the only (to my knowledge, anyway) surviving film in which Pepi Lederer appeared. She was a tragic girl who spent far too little time on this earth before her untimely demise at the age of 25.
And now a word of warning:
This post might have the most screenshots that I've posted so far.
I'll put the blame on Nils. Cos... well, you know. Because he was such a delight to look at.
And you don't have to take my word for it, check out this bit that I got from Wikipedia:
So there you go.
And here we go:
Marion Davies (31) as Sally, a student on a holiday. She pulled this specific expression about a million times during the movie, it was a bit irksome but in the end I liked her character a lot. Oh, and Marion also served as the executive producer on this movie, along with her lover, the publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
If they'd made this film in Germany,
Ossi Oswalda would have been just the person to play Sally.
Pepi Leder as Sally's gutsy friend.
Marion Davies was Pepi's aunt in real life.
the girls are busy checking in at the hotel when suddenly a pompous guy walks over
the girl gets a certain gleam in her eyes and we'll learn she's a real autograph hound
and write he does, only..
..it's something so rude that the girl tears the page out and hands it back to the creep
next up there's a whole lot of commotion when a flashy couple steps into the foyer
aka Nils Asther (31) with Jetta Goudal (37), who played the part of a ruthless vamp, Simone
And sadly this is the last that we'll see of Pepi, this is her last scene in the movie. She looks at the glamorous couple along with Sally and the other girls. I wish she'd had more screen time.
having made this vow, Sally begins to pursue Andre, but before she gets to him, she sees the vamp exchanging some inappropriate glances with the creep:
meanwhile, at Andre's suite
Tenen Holtz (51) as Andre's magnificent manservant Albine
and dammit, Andre should listen to Albine
because his not so lovely vampy gal is indeed two timing him with the creep,
who's singing to her when the phone rings
that explanation doesn't go down very well when mr creep suddenly has a coughing fit
Andre gets suspicious but doesn't say anything
he makes a surprise visit into Simone's suite
uh oh, he catches a glimpse of Creepo from the mirror
He's been trying to sneak out of the room unnoticed
Andre gets fierce:
It doesn't take her long to assure him their love's still going on strong
But moving on; Andre is starting to regret his deal with Sally and he tries to get rid of her but the girl's determined to keep her part of the deal.
I'm not sure what it is but apparently it's supposed to help a sick person.
and this causes for my favorite scene to happen:
His bizarre expressions actually kind of turn me on.
I might need to have my head checked.
and it helps them bond a little
but that makes him all mad and he gives her a push
I won't spoil the ending for you.
But I've got a little bonus: