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Irene (1926 film)

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Irene ad in The Film Daily, Jan-Jun 1926 (page 314 crop).jpg
Trade advertisement
Directed byAlfred E. Green
Written byJune Mathis
Rex Taylor
George Marion, Jr. (titles)
Based onIrene
by James Montgomery
Produced byJohn McCormick
StarringColleen Moore
Lloyd Hughes
George K. Arthur
CinematographyTed D. McCord
Edited byEdwin Robbins
Music byHarry Tierney
Joseph McCarthy
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • February 21, 1926 (1926-02-21) (U.S.)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
The full film

Irene is a 1926 American silent romantic comedy film starring Colleen Moore, and partially shot in Technicolor. The film was directed by Alfred E. Green, produced by Moore's husband John McCormick, and based on the musical Irene written by James Montgomery with music and lyrics by Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy.

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As described in a film magazine review,[2] Donald Marshall becomes a partner in a modiste shop and insists that Madame Lucy be made its operator. Young Irish woman Irene O'Dare graduates from being a demonstrator in the store window to being a successful model. On the night of a big fashion show for society, Irene arouses Lucy's anger and is told to stay and watch the shop. Donald arrives and assures her that she will lead the show. Irene is a sensation, but her mother arrives and stops her promenade by taking her home. Donald follows and Irene is forgiven by her mother. Overhearing Irene confess to her mother of her love for him, Donald folds her into her arms.



The scenes which were shot in Technicolor cost a total amount of $100,000. The total budget of the film was $1,500,000.[1]

This was the fourth of five films, in three years, with Moore and Hughes starring in the lead roles. They also appeared together in The Huntress (1923), Sally (1925), The Desert Flower (1925) and Ella Cinders (1926).[3]

This was the final film of actress Marion Aye, who started appearing on film in 1919 as one of the uncredited Sennett Bathing Beauties. She continued to work in vaudeville and committed suicide in 1951.[4]

George K. Arthur plays a flamboyant gay man who works as a dressmaker named "Madame Lucy" and does not threaten the status quo despite making extravagant gestures.[5] This characterization was also reviewed in the 1995 documentary film The Celluloid Closet.[6]


Irene exists with the Technicolor sequences intact.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ a b Dutch film magazine Het Weekblad: Cinema & Theater No. 145
  2. ^ Elliott, Frank (February 27, 1926), "Pre-Release Review of Features: Irene", Motion Picture News, New York City, New York: Motion Picture News, Inc., 33 (9): 1014, retrieved March 26, 2023 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "All Visual Works with both Colleen Moore and Lloyd Hughes". IMDb. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Marion Aye Archived November 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine at
  5. ^ Russo, Vito (1987). The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies (Revised ed.). New York City: Harper Collins. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0-06-096132-5.
  6. ^ IMDB entry
  7. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Irene at
  8. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 90, c.1978 by the American Film Institute)


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