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Stolen Moments (1920)

A novelist blackmails his now married ex-girlfriend into having an affair with him.



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Cast overview:
Marguerite Namara ...
Vera Blaine
Jose Dalmarez (as Rudolf Valentine)
Albert L. Barrett ...
Hugh Conway
Henrietta Simpson ...
Hugh's Mother
Arthur Earle ...
Carlos - the Butler (as Arthur Earl)
Walter Chapin ...
Richard Huntley
Inez Salles (as Aileen Savage)
Alex Shannon ...
Campos Salles - Her Father (as Alex K. Shannon)
Jean Gauthier DeTrigny ...
Alvarez - His Son (as Gene Gauthier)


Vera Blaine, a young woman in the deep South, is passionate and romantic. So, she's easy prey for José Dalmarez, a novelist visiting from Brazil. Vera refuses a proposal from Hugh, her upright guardian, thinking she will marry Dalmarez. She writes him love letters and inscribes a book to him with loving words. When she learns that his intentions do not include marriage, she spurns him, and he returns to Brazil. Several years pass, with his behavior unchanged: he courts a local beauty, Inez, to the ire of her brother. Work then takes Dalmarez back to the States, where he encounters a now-married Vera and sets out to blackmail her. Will he have his foul way? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama | Romance





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December 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'escroc des coeurs  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally a vehicle for Marguerite Namara. After Rudolph Valentino achieved stardom it was cut by approximately half its original running time with the new edit favoring Valentino. Only the edited version is known to exist. The film had its American television debut on Turner Classic Movies on May 22, 2006. See more »

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Since the only surviving footage of this film is 3 reels long out of an original 6-reel movie, the listing of the cast credits and the crew credits are taken from the AFI Catalogue. The print itself follows the cast listing closely, with only the butler Arthur Earle not identified in the intertitles. There are no crew credits listed in the surviving print. See more »

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An incomplete print of this early Valentino film exists.

Of the six films made by Rudolph Valentino in 1920, only three survive. This film is housed in the UCLA archives although it is incomplete. It is unknown at this time if it is available for screening. Valentino's work for 1918 (three films) is all extant but that for 1920 and especially for 1919 (seven films, four lost), is sketchy.

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