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