Proud Flesh (film)

Proud Flesh is a 1925 American silent comedy-drama film directed by King Vidor and starring Eleanor Boardman, Pat O'Malley and Harrison Ford in a romantic triangle.[1]

Proud Flesh
Directed byKing Vidor
Written byHarry Behn
Agnes Christine Johnston
Based onthe novel Proud Flesh
by Lawrence Irving Rising
StarringEleanor Boardman
Pat O'Malley
Harrison Ford
CinematographyJohn Arnold
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn
Release date
  • April 27, 1925 (1925-04-27)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


A San Francisco earthquake orphan, Fernanda (Boardman) is adopted and raised as a gentlewoman by relatives in Spain. As a girl she is courted by Don Jaime (Ford), but spurns him and returns to her gauche relatives in California. There she falls in love with a young bathtub manufacturer, Pat (O’Malley).[2]



Mordaunt Hall, critic for The New York Times, called the film "a bright entertainment in which there are a slight touch of heart interest and plenty of amusement."[3]


Vidor made this film, the last of a cycle of four films, in the years just following World War I. The isolationist outlook of many Americans with regard to war-ravaged Europe prompted Vidor to locate the sources of “sexual experimentation and marital triangles” and other social infidelities of the Jazz Age in the Old World. Decadent European manners were contrasted with the fundamentally commonsense virtues that Vidor believed would prevail in the United States.[4]


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Proud Flesh". Silent Era. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
  2. ^ Baxter 1976 p. 20: Baxter refers to O’Malley’s Pat as “manufacturer, not “plumber”
  3. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (April 14, 1925). "The Screen". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Durgnat and Simmon 1988 p. 54, p. 56


  • Baxter, John. 1976. King Vidor. Simon & Schuster, Inc. Monarch Film Studies. LOC Card Number 75-23544.
  • Durgnat, Raymond and Simmon, Scott. 1988. King Vidor, American. University of California Press, Berkeley. ISBN 0-520-05798-8

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