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John GilbertThe Last of the Silent Film Stars$
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Eve Golden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813141626

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813141626.001.0001

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Chapter Nine

Chapter Nine

(p.139) Chapter Nine
John Gilbert

Eve Golden

University Press of Kentucky

In 1927 and 1928, John Gilbert stars in The Show, Man Woman and Sin (with Broadway great Jeanne Eagels), Love and A Woman of Affairs (both with Garbo), The Masks of the Devil, Twelve Miles Out and Four Walls (both with young Joan Crawford) and The Cossacks. A vicious hatchet-job is printed on him in Vanity Fair, and Gilbert's drinking and emotional problems begin to interfere with his life and career; he is briefly arrested in 1927, and is hospitalized for what is probably alcohol-related illnesses. His romance with Garbo runs hot and cold and the two separate. In late 1928 he signs a new contract with MGM, at $250,000 per picture. His last silent film is Desert Nights (1929).

Keywords:   John Gilbert, silent films, silent movies, MGM, Greta Garbo, Jeanne Eagels, Joan Crawford, alcoholism, manic-depressive, bipolar

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