~Slave Of Desire~
1923
~Studio Portrait of Bessie Love~
~Studio Portrait of Carmel Myers~
~Plot Synopsis~
George Walsh, usually known for his athletic roles, stars in this fantasy based on the famous story by
Honoré de Balzac. Poet Raphael de Valentin (Walsh) is down on his luck until a friend introduces him
into society. He meets the Countess Fedora (Carmel Myers), and after she reads his poems, his work
becomes an overnight sensation. He has fallen in love with the countess, but she refuses to have
anything to do with him. At an antique shop, a wise man (Edward Connelly) presents Raphael with a
magic donkey skin. It will bring him his every wish but there's a catch -- with each wish it grows
smaller, and when it shrinks to the size of his palm he will be near death. He saves himself, however,
by making his last wish for someone else. His unselfishness wins him his life and enables him to
reunite with Pauline Gaudin, his childhood sweetheart (Bessie Love).

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: George D. Baker

Written by:
Alice D.G. Miller - adaptation
Charles E. Whittaker - writer

Based on the story "La peau de chagrin" by Honoré de Balzac
~Cast~

George Walsh ...  Raphael Valentin
Bessie Love ...  Pauline Gaudin
Carmel Myers ...  Countess Fedora
Wally Van ...  Restignac
Edward Connelly ...  The Antiquarian
Eulalie Jensen ...  Mrs. Gaudin
Herbert Prior ...  Mr. Gaudin
William Orlamond ...  Champrose
Nick De Ruiz ...  Tallifer
William von Hardenburg ...  The General
Harmon MacGregor ...  Emile
George Periolat ...  The Duke
Harry Lorraine ...  Finot
Calvert Carter ...  The Major Domo
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~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Goldwyn Pictures Corporation

Distribution Company: Goldwyn-Cosmopolitan Distributing Corporation

Cinematography by: John W. Boyle
Presented by: Gilbert E. Gable

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: October 4, 1923