La Boheme (MGM, 1926), starring John Gilbert, Lillian Gish, Renee Adoree, Roy D’Arcy, Edward Everett Horton, and Karl Dane.

Although the film is based on the book that inspired it, differences abound.  For starters, “Mimi” is hardly a model of purity in the book.  In the film, however, Lillian Gish portrays her as innocent, virginal, and selfless.  Regarding Puccini’s opera, MGM was not allowed to use it for the musical score, but the current video boasts a musical score with snippets from the opera, such as “Mimi’s Aria.”

The scene above features Renee Adoree and John Gilbert.  Adoree starred in more films with John Gilbert than any other leading lady, but she played a friend instead of a love interest in LA BOHEME.


2 thoughts on “LaBoheme

  1. Lesley Thompson

    That last photo’s imprint is misleading. (Not written by you of course.) The actress in the photo is Renée Adorée. I fell in love with both her and Gilbert in “The Big Parade”.

    1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

      Thank you for pointing that out, Lesley! I put a note of clarification below the photo just now. THE BIG PARADE was Gilbert’s–and Adoree’s–best film. On a side note, Leatrice Fountain once told me that Renee Adoree would have made Jack a good wife :-).


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