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J. Stuart Blackton (from the story by)
Felix Orman
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23 April 1922 (USA) See more »
An Earl's cousin survives drowning and saves a lady from the Great Fire of London. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Diana Manners ... Lady Beatrice Fair
Gerald Lawrence ... Hugh Argyle
Cecil Humphreys ... Walter Roderick

Victor McLaglen ... Bulfinch
Alice Crawford ... Stephanie Dangerfield
Lois Sturt ... Nell Gwyn
William Luff ... King Charles II
Fred Wright ... Humpty
Elizabeth Beerbohm ... Barbara Castlemaine
Flora le Breton ... Rosemary
Lennox Pawle ... Samuel Pepys
Haidee Wright ... Mrs. Bullfinch
Rudolph De Cordova ... Thomas Unwin

Lawford Davidson ... Lord Fitzroy
Rosalie Heath ... Catherine of Braganza
Gertrude Sterroll ... Duchess Constance of Moreland
Tom Heslewood ... Solomon Eagle (as Tom Heselwood)
Marjorie Day ... Olivia
Geoffrey Clinton ... Charles Hart
Tom Coventry ... Leclerc
Jeff Barlow ... The King's chief valet
John East ... The King's major domo
Violet Virginia Blackton ... Lady Beatrice (younger)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Stuart Blackton
Marian Constance Blackton
James Carrall ... Simon
Georgette de Nove ... Phoebe (as Georgie Esmond)
Nettie Grossman ... Deborah / Joyselle / Court lady
Eric Lankester ... Malloy
Henry Walton ... Thomas Farryner
Alfred Wood ... Peter
Frank Arlton ... A Court Chamberlain (uncredited)
Hedda Bartlett ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Somers Bellamy ... A Coach Driver (uncredited)
Geoffrey Benstead ... Character in Thieves' Kitchen (uncredited)
Edith Bishop ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Mickey Brantford ... A Boy of Five (uncredited)
Neville Brook ... Courtier (uncredited)
Jose Brookes ... Fanatic (uncredited)
Thomas Canning ... Courtier (uncredited)
Donald Castle ... Courtier (uncredited)

Phyllis Clare ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Clifford Cobbe ... Courtier (uncredited)
Pino Conti ... Fanatic (uncredited)
Hilda Cowley ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Gordon Craig ... Courtier (uncredited)
Madame d'Esterre ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Frank Dawson ... A Night Watchman (uncredited)
Margaret Dean ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Jeanne di Ramo ... Wayside Inn Patron (uncredited)
Conway Dixon ... A Friend of Argyle's / Courtier (uncredited)
Kenneth Duffy ... Courtier (uncredited)
James English ... A Cart Driver (uncredited)
Mildred Evelyn ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Lettice Fairfax ... Court Lady (uncredited)

Ralph Forbes ... Courtier (uncredited)
A.C. Fotheringham-Lysons ... Courtier (uncredited)
George Fredericks ... A Postillion (uncredited)
Dino Galvani ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Stacey Gaunt ... Fanatic (uncredited)
Vivian Gibson ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Frank Goldsmith ... Courtier (uncredited)
George Goodwin ... Christopher Wren (uncredited)
Margot Greville ... Countess of Chesterfield (uncredited)
David Grey ... Courtier (uncredited)
Robert Hobbs ... Courtier (uncredited)
Victor Humphrey ... Courtier (uncredited)
Phyllis Joyce ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Henry Latimer ... Thomas Hobbes (uncredited)
Marguerite Leigh ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Frederick Leister ... A Knight / Courtier (uncredited)
Eva Llewellyn ... Wayside Inn Patron (uncredited)
Arthur Lumley ... Courtier (uncredited)
Victor Lusk ... Fanatic (uncredited)
Miriam Merry ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Muriel Minty ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Edna Moore ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Philip Newland ... Courtier (uncredited)
William Parry ... A Postillion (uncredited)
Frances Peyton ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Charles Poulton ... Sailor / Character in Thieves' Kitchen (uncredited)
Bryan Powley ... Sir Isaac Newton (uncredited)
Harry Preston ... Courtier (uncredited)
Francis Roberts ... Ship Passenger / Wayside Inn Patron (uncredited)
Ethel Royale ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Jack Selfridge ... Sir Robert Murray (uncredited)
Florence Shea ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Margaret Shelley ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Hilda Sims ... Fanatic (uncredited)
Dodie Smith ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Nell St. John Montague ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Simeon Stuart ... Sir Kinelm Digby (uncredited)
Fred Thatcher ... Courtier (uncredited)
Malcolm Tod ... A Friend of Argyle's (uncredited)
R. Van Cortlandt ... Courtier (uncredited)
Kitty Van Loo ... Character in Thieves' Kitchen (uncredited)

Norma Varden ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Hilliard Vox ... Castle Servant (uncredited)
Amy Willard ... Court Lady (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Harry J. Worth ... Abraham Cowley (uncredited)
Bertie Wright ... Fanatic (uncredited)
Humberston Wright ... Earl of Clarendon (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Stuart Blackton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J. Stuart Blackton  from the story by
Felix Orman 

Produced by
J. Stuart Blackton .... producer
Cinematography by
William T. Crespinel 
Film Editing by
J. Stuart Blackton 
Art Direction by
Walter W. Murton  (as Walter Murton)
Costume Design by
Paula Blackton 
Art Department
Nicholas Musuraca .... art titles
Editorial Department
H.H. Caldwell .... production editor
Katherine Hilliker .... production editor
Other crew
Marian Constance Blackton .... continuity

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USA:70 min
Color (Prizma Color)
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First British feature entirely in color.See more »


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Simply spectacular period piece for 1922!, 18 March 2014
Author: mmipyle from United States

I watched a simply fantastic film last night, "The Glorious Adventure" (1922), a British adventure/history/period piece starring Lady Diana Manners, Cecil Humphreys, Gerald Lawrence, and in his sixth film, young Victor McLaglen, along with many, many more in this J. Stuart Blackton produced-by/directed-by film. The first striking thing is that this was Britain's first all-color feature film, made in a process called Prizma Colour. "The Toll of the Sea", also 1922, is the first surviving feature of the two-strip Technicolor process, and it looks quite good in comparison, frankly, but "The Glorious Adventure", as washed out as it appears in a few places, nevertheless is still stunningly beautiful in many ways, and the costuming alone allows for the full use of fine color photography.

This one is a well-acted piece, too, not prone to the arm-slinging, hand-to-mouth wide gesturing of so many pictures in the 1914-1925 stretch of time. Rather, it captures the feel of thirties American and British adventure films with the likes of Errol Flynn or John Clements. Gerald Lawrence plays the inheritor of a barony who has it stolen out from under him by an underhanded Cecil Humphreys who has Lawrence thrown into the sea and supposedly drowned by Victor McLaglen. Of course, Lawrence doesn't drown, as we find out later. Meanwhile, the lady of the piece, Lady Beatrice Fair, played by Lady Diana Manners, is put through life trial after life trial during this period of Charles II and his Restoration, including by the king himself, played by William Luff. Eventually, all this, taking place in, near, and around London, leads to the great fire of London in 1666. The fire and the events played out during the fire is not only first rate movie making, but for 1922 is spectacular in the first degree! I was not only impressed, but, frankly, surprised how great the scenes were! The film was released 1 January 1922, so it was obviously made during 1921.

I enjoy period pieces very much, especially if they're well done. This one not only incorporates a good amount of genuine history and historical characters in its telling of a fictional story, but does it with aplomb. Just watching Lennox Pawle as Samuel Pepys is a hoot! Kudos to the actors and actresses, the director, the photographer, the editor, but also to the scenario writer, Alma Reville (Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock later).

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