The Chaperone

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Louise Brooks, the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn't break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer.


  • Haley Lu Richardson
  • Elizabeth McGovern
  • Miranda Otto
  • Blythe Danner
  • Campbell Scott
  • Robbie Fairchild
  • Victoria Hill
  • Bill Hoag
  • Jonathan Walker
  • Matt McGrath

Did You Know?


  • Although it is not identified as such, the musical that Norma and Louise attend is Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's "Shuffle Along."
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  • In the film, Louise Brooks wears her hair long until her first dance lesson in New York, after which she cuts it into a bob, ostensibly to stand out from her classmates and/or to be more fashionable, as the flapper style popularized women having shorter hair. In reality, Brooks had worn a bob since she was a child.
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    • Norma: Men don't like candy that's been unwrapped.
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Apr 9, 2019

In The Chaperone, Brooks is something of a fixed entity, a fully-formed force of nature already heading toward her peculiar form of glory. She has stuff to do all day — studying by day and partying by night, while Elizabeth McGovern as Norma has time to look inside.

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Mar 29, 2019

Reviews might be “mixed,” but don’t let that deter you. The Chaperone is a fascinating, exquisitely made film about the early life of sultry silent-screen star Louise Brooks, who traveled from Wichita, Kan., in 1922 to New York City with a proper chaperone named Norma Carlisle.

Rex Reed
Sep 24, 2018

The Chaperone is case of a not-so-good movie made by people who are unquestionably talented.

Metacritic review by Sam Fragoso
Sam Fragoso