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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.

Director:

Rex Ingram

Writers:

June Mathis, Honoré de Balzac (story "Eugénie Grandet")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alice Terry ... Eugenie Grandet
Rudolph Valentino ... Charles Grandet
Ralph Lewis ... Pere Grandet
Carrie Daumery ... Mere Grandet (as Edna Demaurey)
Bridgetta Clark Bridgetta Clark ... Madame des Grassins
Mark Fenton Mark Fenton ... Monsieur des Grassins
Ward Wing Ward Wing ... Adolphe des Grassins
Eric Mayne ... Victor Grandet
Edward Connelly ... Notary Cruchot
George Atkinson George Atkinson ... Bonfons Cruchot
Willard Lee Hall Willard Lee Hall ... Abbé Cruchot
Mary Hearn Mary Hearn ... Nanon
Eugene Pouyet Eugene Pouyet ... Cornoiller
Andrée Tourneur Andrée Tourneur ... Annette
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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TV-G
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

8 July 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eugenie Grandet See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Pere Grandet: Why this extravagance? A fire and a warming pan! Do you take my nephew for an invalid?
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Alternate Versions

A silent version with an uncredited piano accompaniment has been shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel. It has Turner and MGM front ends and runs 90 minutes. The only crew credits are for the director and writer Balzac, and the only cast credits are for Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry, in that order. See more »

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Version of Matinee Theatre: Eugenie Grandet (1956) See more »

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BALZAC and VALENTINO and INGRAM
5 December 1999 | by rfkeserSee all my reviews

As the immediate follow-up to his anti-war saga FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, Rex Ingram presented this rendition of Balzac's EUGENIE GRANDET. The story is nominally updated to the flapper era, but most of it takes place in a provincial town where everyone wears 19th century costumes anyway. As in the earlier film, Rudolph Valentino is a playboy [ with a poodle] who must prove himself, but he appears to somewhat less advantage here. Once again, Alice Terry sensitively plays his designated love object, but in a more traditional ingenue role. Ingram does not always stage scenes effectively, but his films are distinguished by appealingly natural acting: even the obsession of old miser Grandet is never overplayed. In fact, the most striking scene shows the old man hallucinating personifications of his beloved gold, a sequence which may have influenced Ingram's friend and colleague Erich von Stroheim when he filmed GREED. Ingram's celebrated visual talent and John Seitz's cinematography are hard to judge in the dim, unrestored print available. This film lacks the spectacle of FOUR HORSEMEN, but still manages to suggest Balzac's sweep in portraying the complexity of human relations. The "conquering power," according to an introductory title, is Love.


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