The Cat's Pajamas (lost silent comedy film; 1926)

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The Cat's Pajamas poster 2.jpg

Poster for the film.

Status: Lost

The Cat's Pajamas is a 1926 American silent comedy film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Betty Bronson as Sally Winton and Ricardo Cortez as Don Cesare Gracco. The film was released by Paramount Pictures on August 29th, 1926.


The plot centers Sally (Betty Bronson), a seamstress for a fashionable modiste, supports a crippled father (Theodore Roberts) and adores her kitten, Tommy. Though loved by Jack (Gordon Griffith), a taxi driver, she is infatuated with Don Cesare Gracco (Ricardo Cortez), an operatic sensation. Sally attends an opera performance; Tommy escapes from the cloakroom and wanders backstage. Don Cesare, talking to reporters and seeing the cat, says he will marry the first woman it leads him to: Tommy's selection is Riza (Arlette Marchal), a temperamental dancer.

The cat becomes a news item, being given a diamond necklace for having led Cesare to his love. Jealous of her fiance's publicity, Riza decides to postpone the wedding and refuses to try on her wedding dress. Sally then is recruited as a model, and when Cesare proposes to her, she accepts; but after the marriage, she declares she wanted to teach him a lesson and leaves him. Following a series of complications, however, Sally and Cesare are happily reconciled.[1]


The film has been lost for many years, and only stills, posters and newspaper advertisements survive.


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