Melly wrote, after watching Norma Shearer's silent film Lady of the Night
:"...the expressions that cross Shearer's face are heartbreaking and the scene where she is in his apartment alone while Dave is at a dance with Florence had me near tears (later they flowed freely during the scene between Molly and Florence in Florence's car.)"
I'll admit the tears weren't flowing quite that freely on my face, but the scenes you speak of were very moving indeed. The TCM info says this was their premiere showing of Lady of the Night
(1925). If so, I hope they repeat it again soon. I'd like to record it permanently.
Nobody on this board has mentioned it yet, so I wonder if you all know that Joan Crawford -- then 21 years old -- was Norma's stand-in and body double for this film. That was certainly Joan, in the scene in the car, when the two women embrace each other. Notice that "Molly"'s face disappears behind "Florence's," during the hug. When the two characters are facing each other but not touching, double exposure technology was used. But when they embraced, that was Joan.
Many movie star body doubles fade away after their fifteen minutes of fame, but not Joan Crawford. Fourteen years after Lady of the Night
, there was Joan, this time as Norma Shearer's costar, playing opposite her in The Women
(1939). She went on to have a fruitful, if tempestuous, career.