In reality, the women were the merchandise in a high-class meat market catering to a single customer: Prince Jefri, a man with an appetite difficult to satisfy.
Lauren was seduced by the romantic fantasy of the royal lifestyle, but part of her knew it couldn’t last.
Overman is in his private box watching Renault perform her seductive "Spider Dance".
Renault comes on stage dressed as a spider, "clad in a translucent cloak of webs wrapped cloak-like around a body-hugging black sheath".
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 is a morality story on the evils of marital infidelity and the wild lifestyle of New York actors.
At the same time, the film included scenes of seduction and debauchery that made it the subject of controversy over its prurient content.
Today, she lives a less glitzy life, complete with a (famous) rocker husband, two-year-old son adopted from Ethiopia and a house in the suburbs of East Los Angeles.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.A problem, beautifully presented and cleverly analyzed that leaves us with a sense of the infinite at the end -- which is distinctly unusual -- and which is entirely free from the sticky-sweet sentimentality of too many photoplays is the theme of sex. The art of the producer, applied with lavish, yet discriminating hand and the talents of the star make 'Sex' superlative entertainment and food for thought.A Pennsylvania newspaper wrote: "We have heard a great deal in the past year about 'pictures with a soul' but we never quite got the significance of the 'soul-picture' until we saw 'Sex' with Louise Glaum as the star." A Chicago newspaper called it "a lesson to thousands of frivolous creatures who fool themselves into believing that youth lasts forever, that pleasure is life's chief object and that one can violate the laws that regulate our domestic lives and get away with it".The film's plot centers on Adrienne Renault (played by Louise Glaum), the beautiful queen of the Midnight Follies at the Frivolity Theater.