When the film was screened in 2004, Los Angeles Times film critic, Kevin Thomas, wrote: "Six years before Mae West dared to call her play 'Sex', Thomas Ince produced and Fred Niblo directed a 1920 film called 'Sex', starring pioneering screen vamp Louise Glaum as a New York cabaret star, the mistress of a married man.
What gives the film its edge is that in truth she is simply a blunt, honest woman who doesn't realize her own vulnerability." The Pennsylvania State Board of Motion Picture Censors refused to allow the film to be shown in Pennsylvania under its provocative title.
It was Renault who had coached Daisy in the ways of seducing wealthy married men. The film's final intertitle reads, "The standards of morality eternally demand that the naked soul of Sex be stripped of its falsehoods – which can only be atoned for through bitter tears." One of the unusual elements in the filming of Sex was the use of three cameras.
Renault begs Daisy to release Wallace, harkening back to the scene where Mrs. One camera was used to produce the negative from which prints were to be made for use in the United States, and a second was used to be used for foreign prints.
Overman is in his private box watching Renault perform her seductive "Spider Dance".
At the same time, the film included scenes of seduction and debauchery that made it the subject of controversy over its prurient content.In another scene of debauchery, the film depicts a party at which "stage-door johnnies drink out of women's slippers and scantily clad chorines slide down banisters, their undergarments visible to all and sundry". Overman (played by Myrtle Stedman), home alone in her empty mansion. She begs Renault to release her husband, but Renault refuses, and Mrs. By this time, Renault has fallen in love with a new millionaire, Dick Wallace (played by Irving Cummings). She ends up on the same ship with the reunited Overmans, who are on a second honeymoon.Her suspicions persuade her to hire a private detective to follow her husband. Renault marries Wallace, but Wallace then betrays Renault, falling in love with Renault's young protege, Daisy (played by Viola Barry). The chastened Renault does nothing to disrupt the relationship, resigned to a life of solitude.It could be the plot of a hit reality show: Forty beautiful women from all over the world living together in the lavish palace of a sultan, competing for the favor of a billionaire prince.The drama unfolds as these women work lavish, star-studded parties, charming their way into the hearts and wallets of some of the worlds richest men. Its the true story of a thrill-seeking New Jersey girl who found her way into the infamous harem of the younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei.The film's plot centers on Adrienne Renault (played by Louise Glaum), the beautiful queen of the Midnight Follies at the Frivolity Theater.