Clothes Make the Woman

Clothes Make the Woman
Directed byTom Terriss
Written byTom Terriss (scenario) Leslie Mason (titles)
Produced byJohn M. Stahl
StarringEve Southern
Walter Pidgeon
CinematographyChester A. Lyons
Edited byDesmond O'Brien
Distributed byTiffany-Stahl Productions
Release date
  • June 4, 1928 (1928-06-04)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Clothes Make the Woman is a surviving 1928 American silent historical romantic drama film directed by Tom Terriss, and starring Eve Southern and Walter Pidgeon.[1] The film is loosely based on the story of Anna Anderson, a Polish woman who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, the daughter of the last czar of Russia Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra.[2] Anastasia was killed along with her parents and siblings by communist Bolshevik revolutionaries on July 17, 1918.[3]


Southern stars as Anastasia, a young Russian princess who is saved from execution by Victor Trent (Pidgeon), a Russian revolutionary. Victor risks his life to help Anastasia flee and the two part ways. Victor later makes his way to Hollywood unaware that Anastasia is also living in the city and attempting to become an actress. By this time, Victor is a popular film actor and producer. Victor sees Anastasia in a crowd of extras and recognizes her as the princess he had previously saved. He promptly casts her in a film about her life and casts himself as her leading man. During a scene reenacting the execution of her family, Victor accidentally shoots Anastasia but she soon recovers. The film ends with the marriage of Anastasia and Victor.[1]


  • Eve Southern as Princess Anastasia
  • Walter Pidgeon as Victor Trent
  • Charles Byer as The Director
  • George E. Stone as Assistant Director
  • Adolph Milar as Bolshevik Leader

Preservation status

  • Once thought to be a lost film.[4] This title survives in the Cinematheque Royale de Belgique, Brussels and the BFI National Film and Television archive London.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b American Film Institute (1997). Kenneth White Munden (ed.). American Film Institute Catalog, Feature Films 1921–1930. University of California Press. p. 133. ISBN 0-520-20969-9.
  2. ^ Welch, Frances (2007). A Romanov Fantasy: Life at the Court of Anna Anderson. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-393-06577-0.
  3. ^ "Is the Princess Alive?". Life. Time Inc. February 14, 1955. pp. 31–32. ISSN 0024-3019.
  4. ^ Clothes Make the Woman at Arne Andersen's Lost Film Files:lost Tiffany films of - 1928
  5. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Clothes Make the Woman

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