Cast overview:
Muriel, Duchess of Desborough
Percy Marmont ...
Douglas, Duke of Desborough
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Major Roland Mostyn
Edith Campbell ...
Mrs. Delmaine
Lionel Pape ...
Captain Cyprian Streatfield
John Goldsworthy ...
Rupert Leigh
Dan Comfort ...
Mary Aylmer
Robert Agnew ...
Dick Hammond
William H. Turner ...
Joseph Aylmer (as William Turner)
Edward Keenan ...
C.T. Elmer


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29 February 1920 (USA)  »

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The Sporting Duchess (1920) - Lost Silent
12 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1920 drama starring the popular actress, Alice Joyce, was produced by the Vitagraph Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.

Moving Picture World - Vitagraph Presents Alice Joyce in an Adaptation from the well-Known Drury Lane Melodrama.

Muriel, the "Sporting Duchess" of Desborough, is a happy young wife and mother when she entertains Major Mostyn among her guests. Mostyn proceeds to ruin the young Duke at cards, causing him to pledge the winnings he expects from "Clipstone," already a favorite at the Derby. Mostyn enlists the services of Mrs. Delmaine, former flame of the Duke, to upset the confidence of his wife. She is too loyal. She finds Mrs. Delmaine in his arms, but forgives him. The Duke is told that his wife pardons him readily because she needs watching herself. Mostyn seizes an opportunity to accompany the Duchess to London at night, and has her husband informed of what appears to be an elopement. Mostyn goes with the Duchess to a hotel and registers there as man and wife while she is engaged at the telephone. She permits him to accompany her to her room, where he forces a way in and enters upon a struggle with her. The Duke arrives in time to get compromising evidence. At a divorce trial great stress placed on the false testimony of a caddish friend of Mostyn and the Duke is granted a decree. Mostyn next forces a public sale of "Clipstone." An old admirer of the Duchess buys in the horse. Mostyn corrupts the jockey who was to ride Clipstone, but his villainy is revealed by a girl he has ruined. He now attempts to win the race by having his jockey strike Clipstone a foul blow near the finish. For this he is ruled off the track. The Duchess is a winner when the race is given to Clipstone. When she attempts to visit her child, however, she is repulsed at the door. The confession of the caddish friend of Mostyn, however, clears her name, and she is restored to those she has always truly and loyally loved.

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