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Madame Sans-Gêne (1925 film)

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Madame Sans-Gêne
Madame Sans-Gene 1925.jpg
1925 Swedish theatrical poster
Directed byLéonce Perret
Screenplay byForrest Halsey
Based onMadame Sans-Gêne
by Victorien Sardou and Emile Moreau
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Adolph Zukor
StarringGloria Swanson
Émile Drain
Charles de Rochefort
CinematographyRaymond Agnel
Jacques Bizeul(fr)
René Guissart
J. Peverell Marley
George Webber
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • April 20, 1925 (1925-04-20) (United States)
  • December 15, 1925 (1925-12-15) (France)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$1.1 million [1]

Madame Sans-Gêne (Madame Careless) is a 1925 American silent romantic costume comedy-drama film directed by Léonce Perret and starring Gloria Swanson. Based on the play of the same name by Victorien Sardou and Émile Moreau, the film was released by Paramount Pictures.[2][3][4]


As described in a film magazine review,[5] at the time after the French Revolution, a sharp witted laundress fights for her country and wins favor with a Duke. After her marriage to him, she is accepted in the court of Napoleon. Because her manners are not fashionable, she is called before Napoleon. She triumphs over the court with her wits and returns to her husband, whom she loves.



The film was produced and filmed in France, as Swanson was on extended vacation there. She soon became involved with Henri de La Falaise, hired by Paramount to be her French interpreter, and who later became her third husband.[6]


With no prints of Madame Sans-Gêne located in any film archives,[7] it is a lost film.[8] A vintage movie trailer displaying short clips of the film still exists, however, and can be seen on YouTube.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Fragias, Leonidas (2017). Annual US Top Film Rentals 1912 - 1979 (Kindle Edition). Leonidas Fragias.
  2. ^ Waldman, Harry (1994). Beyond Hollywood's Grasp: American Filmmakers Abroad, 1914-1945. Scarecrow Press. p. 109. ISBN 0-810-82841-3.
  3. ^ Staggs, Sam (2003). Close-up on Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream. Macmillan. p. 55. ISBN 1-466-83046-8.
  4. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Madame Sans-Gêne at
  5. ^ "New Pictures: Madame Sans-Gêne", Exhibitors Herald, 21 (08): 83, May 16, 1925, retrieved February 21, 2022 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ Waldman 1994, pp. 110-111.
  7. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Madame Sans-Gêne
  8. ^ Madame Sans-Gêne at; Lost Films Wanted (Wayback Machine)
  9. ^ "Madame Sans Gene [trailer]". Archived from the original on December 15, 2021.
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