Friday, November 21, 2014

Renee Adoree

If you are not a fan of silent movies then you have never seen one that features Renee Adoree. If you catch her in one film, I promise that you will search her out in others. She was that good. And had she not been stricken with Tuberculosis at the beginning of the sound era, one can't help but wonder how far this wonderful actress could have gone.

From the side-show performer who prefers her men to be decapitated in Tod Browning's, The Show, to Mr. Wu where she managed to steal the movie from the great Lon Chaney, Renee Adoree proved role after role that she was the real deal.

However, it was her performance as Melisande, the French love interest of star John Gilbert in the World War I drama, The Big Parade, that will steal your heart forever. Even today, almost ninety years later, that film brings home the horrors of war as good if not better then its modern-day counter parts. And her character will seduce you with her innocent charm, which is just as fresh today as I'm sure it was in 1925.

Sadly, this incredible talent lost her two year battle with Tuberculosis at the very young age of thirty-five, robbing the world of one of its most promising stars. Check out The Blackbird, Mr Wu, The Big Parade, The Show or anything that features this talented beauty and you will see why Renee Adoree is Not Very Famous...but should be.

If you like this post, then check out my new blog When Voices Were Silent about the films and stars that made up the greatest era of motion picture history - the silent era.


  1. glad you are back. love your blog. i'm at cult film freaks dot com if you ever wanna link my blog.

    1. Thanks James. I'm going to try to contribute more than I have lately. Life slows you down sometimes, but I'm still around and will continue this blog.