|Man, Woman and Sin (1927) – Silent
Run time: 1h 10min | Drama
Director: Monte Bell
Writers: Monte Bell, John Colton, Alice D.G. Miller
Stars: John Gilbert, Jean Eagles
If the provocative title of the film is not enough of a clue, the explicit brothel scene near the beginning should establish it as having the kind of subject matter that inspired the imposition of the Production Code a few years later. John Gilbert plays a young man from an impoverished background who takes a job in a newspaper office to earn enough to buy a house for himself and his mother. He becomes infatuated with the beautiful society editor, played by Jeanne Eagles in her first screen role, but does not realize that she is the mistress of the married managing editor. The gulf between rich and poor, and the resulting social tensions, provide an undercurrent throughout the film.