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The Conquering Power (1921)

TV-G | | Drama, Romance | 8 July 1921 (USA)
After losing his father, a playboy moves in with his miserly uncle, who seeks to cheat him out of his inheritance.



, (story "Eugénie Grandet")
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Cast overview:
Pere Grandet
Mere Grandet (as Edna Demaurey)
Bridgetta Clark ...
Madame des Grassins
Mark Fenton ...
Monsieur des Grassins
Ward Wing ...
Adolphe des Grassins
Victor Grandet
Edward Connelly ...
Notary Cruchot
George Atkinson ...
Bonfons Cruchot
Willard Lee Hall ...
Abbé Cruchot
Mary Hearn ...
Eugene Pouyet ...
Andrée Tourneur ...


Young playboy Charles Grandet is sent to live with his miserly uncle after his father loses his fortune. He and his cousin Eugenie fall in love, but his uncle sends him away and tries to arrange a marriage more to his liking (and profit!). Will true love triumph? Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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Drama | Romance





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Victor Grandet: [in a letter read by his brother Pere Grandet] My dear brother, After twenty years, I am sending my son to you for by the time this letter reached you, I shall be no more. My entire fortune has been swept away by speculation on the stock market. I owe millions. In three days all Paris will say I was a rogue and I shall be wrapped in a winding sheet of infamy. My dying prayer is that you will be a father to my boy and may God bless you as you fulfill this trust. Your despairing brother, Victor ...
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An Alice Terry Tour de Force
7 October 2006 | by (Dallas, TX.) – See all my reviews

I've just watched the Alice Terry, Valentino movie The Conquering Power. While I enjoyed the movie, it didn't have the power and emotional scale of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The story is about the power of love over seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

The focus here is on the director's wife, Alice Terry, and she's up for the challenge, her lovely face registering a myriad of emotions, but it seemed unrealistic that she fell in love with her own cousin played by Valentino so quickly, that she was willing to wait for him as years passed without word as she was subjected to so much abuse from her father.

The morality angle about the obsession of greed and the way it's depicted as a monster that eventually crushes the person obsessed, really reminded me very much of the movie Greed, but in a much smaller, more intimate little film.

You can tell that there must have been some falling out between the director Rex Ingram and Valentino, as his part is very small and secondary, as compared to the earlier film Horsemen. They never made another picture together, which was a shame. Valentino never got another director who was willing to take the same kinds of risks with him.

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