|Motion Picture News, 07-July-1923|
George du Maurier published a novel called Trilby in 1895 and it was a best seller. Someone named a hat after the heroine.
In 1923, First National released the fourth of eight movie adaptions. French-born actress Andree Lafayette played Trilby, a beautiful artists' model known particularly for her feet. That would explain the image in this trade ad. Arthur Edmund Carewe, whose name I have always liked, played villainous musician and hypnotist Svengali, who is obsessed with Trilby. Trilby is beautiful but she can't carry a tune in a picnic basket. Svengali hypnotizes her and makes her a great singer. This was Andree Lafayette's first and last film in the US. She went back to France and continued her career. James Young directed.
|Motion Picture News, 14-July-1923|
|Motion Picture News, 21-July-1923|
The first talkie adaptation, titled Svengali, starred John Barrymore and Marian Marsh. This had to have been a great role for Barrymore. Archie Mayo directed.