Queen Kelly

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Queen Kelly ★★★ 1929

The popularly known, slapdash version of von Stroheim's famous final film, in which an orphan goes from royal marriage to white slavery to astounding wealth. Never really finished, the film is the edited first half of the intended project, prepared for European release after von Stroheim had been fired. Even so, a campy, extravagant and lusty melodrama. Silent. 113m/B VHS, DVD . Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Tully Marshall, Madame Sul Te Wan; D: Erich von Stroheim; W: Erich von Stroheim; C: Paul Ivano, Gordon Pollock.