~The American Venus~
~834-11: Ford Sterling & Louise Brooks~
~834-18: Ford Sterling & Louise Brooks~
~Plot Synopsis~
The physical attributes of lovely leading lady Esther Ralston are amply displayed in American Venus.
This satire of beauty contests gets under way when two competing cosmetic companies seek the
endorsement of the winner of the American Venus pageant (Ralston, of course). Complication ensue
when it appears that our heroine's contest win was rigged. This plot point mirrored a real-life
occurrence in 1925, when it was alleged that the Miss America pageant had been fixed; apparently it
hadn't, since Miss America herself, Fay Lanphier, makes a cameo appearance in American Venus. Of
more interest historically is the presence in the supporting cast of cult favorite Louise Brooks, not to
mention the Technicolor bathing-beauty scenes.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com

Esther Ralston ...  Mary Gray
Lawrence Gray ...  Chip Armstrong
Ford Sterling ...  Hugo Niles
Fay Lanphier ...  Miss Alabama
Louise Brooks ...  Miss Bayport
Edna May Oliver ...  Mrs. Niles
Kenneth MacKenna ...  Horace Niles
William B. Mack ...  John Gray
George De Carlton ...  Sam Lorber
W.T. Benda ...  Artist
Ernest Torrence ...  King Neptune
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ...  Triton
Directed by: Frank Tuttle   

Written by:
Robert Benchley - titles
Townsend Martin - story
Frederick Stowers - writer
~834-13: Ford Sterling & Louise Brooks~
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation

Released by: Paramount Pictures

Cinematography by: J. Roy Hunt
Production Design by: Lawrence Hitt & Jo Mielziner
Art Direction by: Frederick A. Foord
Costume Design by: Gilbert Clark
Presented by: Jesse L. Lasky & Adolph Zukor

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 80 Minutes
Released: January 31, 1926
Filmed on Location in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Filmed in Kaufman Astoria Studios - 3412 36th Street, Astoria, Queens, New York
City, New York, USA