splash  What did critics think of Louise Brooks and Evening Clothes (1927)? Opinion of the film was somewhat positive, and the film proved popular. Here is a survey, in the form of a number of quotes, from some of the newspapers and magazines of the time. All sources are American.

“Virginia Valli is pleasing and effective as the heroine and that trim little Louise Brooks, with a new curled and plastered headdress, is not the least of the picture’s attractions.” — Harold Heffernan, Detroit News

“Noah Berry and Louise Brooks have important supporting roles in Evening Clothes and help materially with the success of the picture.” — Berkeley Daily Gazzette

 “ . . . the chief feminine roles being portrayed by Virginia Valli and Louise Brooks, the later being as sprightly as ever.” — Cincinnati Enquirer

“Miss Valli has often done better and looked better. Also, the same of Louise Brooks, who looses all distinctiveness with the coiffure she has adopted, and becomes just like a million other girls.” — Mae Tinee, Chicago Tribune

“Louise Brooks, who plays one of the featured roles in the picture, has sacrificed the distinctive bob.” — Los Angeles Times

“The women’s clothes are really a fashion show in themselves, with Miss Valli sponsoring a smooth, straight bob, Miss Tashman a more formal headdress, and Miss Brooks a befrizzled ‘chrysanthemum’ cut.” — Frances V. Feldkamp, St. Louis Globe-Democrat

“Ms. Brooks, with a change in her eyebrows and curly hair, is stunning.” — Mordaunt Hall, New York Times

“Louise Brooks – yes, the one you dream about – is as alluring and pert as ever.” — Hal Rorke, Los Angeles Daily Illustrated News

“Louise Brooks, whose haunting vivacity has necessitated the restringing of more than one male’s heartstrings.” — Ken Taylor, Los Angeles Evening Express

“Louise Brooks proves that she is finding her place in the film sun by her artistic characterization.” — Santa Barbara Morning Press

“Louise Brooks, as Fox Trot, a pert little inhabitute of the Parisian cafes, adds her usual snappy characterizations.” — O. H. H., Ann Arbor Times News

“ . . . one of his lady teachers turns out to be Louise Brooks in a brand new curly bob and more devastating than ever.” — Pettersen Marzoni, Birmingham News

“The story is sophisticated, modernistic, of the jazz age, and is primarily for adolescents.” — Billboard