This chapter, building upon the foundation of Barbara’s vamp typecasting established in Chapter 16, involves a comprehensive exploration of a pivotal point in Barbara’s film acting career. She filmsBlack Orchids (1922) and Quincy Adams Sawyer (1922);The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) reaches theaters; producer Arthur Sawyer begins managing her career; andBlack Orchids, renamed Trifling Women, is released. Barbara’s success in the aforementioned films, principallyThe Prisoner of Zenda and Trifling Women, and their influence upon her career are delineated. Details pertaining to production, critical reception, and plot synopses accompany each film. Particular attention is given to Barbara’s work on Trifling Women, as it is the film that most strongly affects her career; furthermore, it is while making this film that Barbara is obliged to conceal her pregnancy. Her son is born in secret after her work on Trifling Women concludes.
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