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

As reported in the book and documentary film The Celluloid Closet, actor George K. Arthur plays a flamboyant gay man in the film named "Madame Lucy".[2]



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]

Preservation statusEdit

The film exists with the Technicolor sequences intact.[5][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Dutch film magazine Het Weekblad: Cinema & Theater #145
  2. ^ IMDB entry
  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. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Irene at
  6. ^ 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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