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Pola Negri in a scene from the lost “Lily of the Dust,” Paramount, 1924.  This photo is probably the most risqué one I’ve seen and appropriate, considering the nature of the picture.  Critics considered it too sophisticated for small town audiences and one reviewer said it’s “adult nature” might not be everyone’s liking.  What they meant is that Miss Negri’s character in the story is a “morally neutral” woman and that might not sit well with small-town Babbitt’s who liked their heroines sweet and pure.   But then again, Pola Negri was never sweet and pure ala Gish or Pickford..

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