Queen Kelly

N.p. N.p., Circa 1932. Collection of five vintage photograms from the 1932 silent film.

From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler.

Although initial work on the film began in 1928, production was shut down after actress Gloria Swanson complained about the film's grim, sexually suggestive ending, wherein her character becomes the madam of a brothel in German East Africa. Director Erich von Stroheim was fired from the film as a result, and an alternate ending was shot by Richard Boleslawski in 1931, showing Swanson's character committing suicide after being whipped by the queen—now widely known as the "Swanson ending."

The film was not released theatrically in the US due to a clause in von Stroheim's contract, but was shown in Europe and South America with the Swanson ending added. Notably, a short section from the film was used in "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) to represent Norma Desmond's days as a silent film star—purportedly at the suggestion of von Stroheim himself.

6.5 x 4.5 inches. Near Fine.


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