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|A Social Celebrity|
|Directed by||Malcolm St. Clair|
|Written by||Pierre Collings|
Robert Benchley (titles)
|Story by||Monte M. Katterjohn|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
A Social Celebrity is a 1926 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Malcolm St. Clair and starred Louise Brooks as a small town manicurist who goes to New York City with her boyfriend (Adolphe Menjou), a barber who poses as a French count. The film is now considered lost.
Max Haber (Menjou), a small town barber, is the pride of his father, Johann (Chester Conklin), who owns an antiquated barbershop. Max adores Kitty Laverne (Brooks), the manicurist, who loves him but aspires to be a dancer and leaves for New York City, hoping that he will follow in pursuit of better things.
Mrs. Jackson-Greer (Josephine Drake), a New York society matron, has occasion to note Max fashioning the hair of a town girl and induces him to come to New York and pose as a French count. There he meets April (Elsie Lawson), Mrs. King's niece, and loses his heart to her, as well as to Kitty, now a showgirl. At the theater where Kitty is appearing, Max is the best-dressed man in April's party. At a nightclub later that night, Max's true identity is revealed, and he is deserted by his society friends. Disillusioned, Max returns home at the request of his father. Kitty follows, realizing that he needs her.
The film was produced by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. A Social Celebrity began production in December 1925 with Greta Nissen in the lead role. Louise Brooks was also cast in a supporting role but was recast in the lead after Nissen left the project.
Prints of A Social Celebrity still existed up until the 1950s. One print was preserved at the George Eastman House where Louise Brooks viewed it in 1957. That print has since deteriorated. The last known print of the film was preserved at the Cinémathèque Française, but was destroyed in a vault fire on July 10, 1959. No prints of the film are known to exist and A Social Celebrity is now considered lost.
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