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Director:
Writers:
Elinor Glyn (based on the novel by)
Jack Cunningham (scenario)
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Release Date:
7 May 1922 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A young woman marries an older millionaire and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman on her honeymoon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Swanson and Valentino Together Again See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Rudolph Valentino ... Lord Hector Bracondale

Gloria Swanson ... Theodora Fitzgerald
Edythe Chapman ... Lady Bracondale

Alec B. Francis ... Captain Fitzgerald
Robert Bolder ... Josiah Brown
Gertrude Astor ... Morella Winmarleigh
June Elvidge ... Lady Anna Anningford
Mabel Van Buren ... Jane McBride
Helen Dunbar ... Lady Ada Fitzgerald
Raymond Blathwayt ... Sir Patrick Fitzgerald
Frank Butler ... Lord Wensleydon (as F. R. Butler)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gino Corrado ... Guest at Alpine Inn (uncredited)
Mary Foy ... Clementine - Theodora's Older Sister #1 (uncredited)
Lucien Littlefield ... Sir Lionel Grey's Associate (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Guest at Beachleigh (uncredited)
Adele Watson ... Sarah - Theodora's Older Sister #2 (uncredited)
Leo White ... Pageant Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood 
 
Writing credits
Elinor Glyn (based on the novel by)

Jack Cunningham (scenario)

Produced by
Jesse L. Lasky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henny Vrienten (2005 alternate version)
 
Cinematography by
Alfred Gilks (camera)
 
Film Editing by
Vincent Carmiggelt (2005 alternate version)
 
Sound Department
Vincent Carmiggelt .... sound engineer (2005 alternate version)
Wim Post .... sound mixer (2005 alternate version)
Henny Vrienten .... sound (2005 alternate version)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Vincent Carmiggelt .... assistant to composer (2005 alternate version)
Soren Venema .... musician: zither & harpguitar (2005 alternate version)
Eric Vloeimans .... musician: trumpet (2005 alternate version)
Henny Vrienten .... musician (2005 alternate version)
Gert Wantenaar .... musician: accordion (2005 alternate version)
 
Other crew
Ronald Bosdam .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Reneé Bruinoge .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version) (as René Bruinooge)
Gerard de Haan .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Paulo Fonseca .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Ed Frederiks .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Irene Haan .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Marije Kool .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Leo Kuyper .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Mark Mallon .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Mark Paul Meyer .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Géke Roelink .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi .... archival researcher: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Frank Roumen .... production: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Jan van den Brink .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Jaap van Loenen .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Juan Vrijs .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
 
Thanks
Joe Adamson .... thanks: Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2005 alternate version)
Barry Allen .... thanks: Paramount Pictures (2005 alternate version)
Michelle Amon .... thanks (2005 alternate version)
Brooke Anderson .... thanks (2005 alternate version)
Dennis Doros .... thanks: Milestone Film & Video (2005 alternate version)
Barbara Hall .... thanks: Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2005 alternate version)
Amy Heller .... thanks: Milestone Film & Video (2005 alternate version)
Jenny Romero .... thanks: Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2005 alternate version)
Edmund R. Rosenkrantz .... thanks (2005 alternate version)
Frederique Urlings .... thanks (2005 alternate version)
Steve Wilson .... thanks: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas (2005 alternate version)
 

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80 min (2005 alternate version) | Spain:76 min (DVD edition)
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Lost for most of the 20th century, a copy of this film was discovered in April 2003 in Haarlem (The Netherlands) in a private collection. It was restored by the Nederlands Film Museum and the Hagheflim Conservation and was screened in 2005, complete with English dialogue screens in place of the original Dutch, at the Cannes film festival. It made its television debut on May 21, 2006, on Turner Classic Movies as part of a nine-film tribute to Rudolph Valentino.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Husein Ben Ali and his men are being chased away by the soldiers, a crew member steps in front of the camera during the wide shot of the scene.See more »
Quotes:
Sarah - Theodora's Older Sister #2:I wish he weren't quite so impossible.
Clementine - Theodora's Older Sister #1:My dear, no man with millions is impossible.
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Referenced in Return to Babylon (2013)See more »

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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Swanson and Valentino Together Again, 21 May 2006
Author: drednm from United States

Finally saw this via TCM's world premiere; this is the most famous film discovery of the last few years, thought to be lost for 80 years! Very good romance film that sweeps from the English coast to the Alps and the to the African desert. Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino star as star-crossed lovers who wait years to get together.

They meet when she falls from a row boat into the sea and he dives from his yacht to save her. They area attracted but she must marry a self-made millionaire to save her poor family. Later in the Alps on her honeymoon she slips from a snowy ledge and is rescued to guess who? They continue to tun into each other (because he's chasing her) until finally they all come together in the desert.

A little slow but Swanson and Valentino are two of the most charismatic stars of the 20s and they are great together.

Oh I didn't care much for the new musical score. It was boring New Age droning and didn't fit the era. Milestone made the same error with it's restoration of Piccadilly. Here the music drones along, except for a Scott Joplin number, with shards of sound effects.

Based on a novel by Elinor Glyn, the topic of "love outside marriage" was a hot one in the early 1920s. Glyn's plots are always clichés but the real magic here is the beautiful Swanson and beautiful Valentino and how they finally get to be "beyond the rocks." Parts of the film are missing but nothing major. Some parts are distressingly deteriorated but nothing to ruin the overall film. Other parts of the film are so clear you can see grain of the fabrics.

Read up on this film in Swanson's autobiography. She was friends (only) with Valentino and allowed him to be co-starred with her (she got first billing despite the new Dutch restoration that gave Valentino top billing in the closing credits) on condition she get a 3-month vacation in Europe.

Later she corrected someone who said SHE had worked with HIM. HE had worked with HER (because it was her film). Wow semantics, but in the original Swanson got billing alone above the title.

Swanson also talks about the famous tango she did with him--alas lost! I assume it was during the house party where they were readying a "pageant" and she's wearing a famous dress (they talked about it for a year, says Swanson) of white lace and shimmering gold beads. The lobby card I have from this film is a scene of Valentino and Swanson doing the tango. What a pity, but maybe the scene will be found.

At the very end of her terrific book she says people never stopped asking her if she knew where a copy of BEYOND THE ROCKS was... or MADAME SANS-GENE or the final reel from SADIE THOMPSON. You can sense her great feeling of loss.

But it's ironic that in several of her "recovered" films there are still scenes missing: the tango scene in BEYOND THE ROCKS, her Chaplin impersonation in MANHANDLED, and the final piece of SADIE THOMPSON.

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