A Roman Scandal

A Roman Scandal Information

A Roman Scandal is a short silent American comedy film starring Colleen Moore, and directed by Al Christie.


Mary is stage struck and will not marry until she makes it in show business. Her fiance is distraught that they might never marry. The actors of the local stage company go on strike, leaving management with nobody to fill all the roles. Mary volunteers herself and her fiance, and in the confusion of the production, chaos follows. In the end, Mary abandons her dreams for domestic bliss.


Moore went to work with Al Christie to develop her comedy skills. Prior to her work with Christie, she was strictly a dramatic actress. In her autobiography Silent Star, she said she had read a quote that the greatest dramatic actresses had gotten their starts in comedy.

The film, a two-reel short, played with several other longer features at the various other venues where it was exhibited, such as with Anne of Green Gables, a Mary Miles Minter film, and with Cosmo Hamilton's The Miracle of Love, at the Rivoli Rialto Theater in New York.



  • Jeff Codori (2012), Colleen Moore; A Biography of the Silent Film Star, McFarland Publishing,(Print ISBN 978-0-7864-4969-9, EBook ISBN 978-0-7864-8899-5).

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