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The Conquering Power (1921)

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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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

Title Card: Woman has this in common with the angels - - all suffering creatures are under her protection.
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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 Eugenie Grandet (1965) See more »

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Another Ingram masterpiece.
21 May 2000 | by David-240See all my reviews

Rex Ingram was one of the best "silent" directors, and he proves his skill yet again in this powerful, and often frightening film about love and greed. Evidently a strong influence on Von Stroheim's "Greed", "The Conquering Power" is about the love affair between cousins Valentino and Terry, and the actions of Terry's miserly father to prevent the affair. Ralph Lewis gives a commanding performance as the father, and the scene in which he is locked in a room with the ghosts of the people his greed destroyed, and even the ghost of gold itself, is utterly terrifying. Valentino convincingly moves from dandy to enlightened youth, and Terry is sublime as the suffering daughter. And through it all is Ingram's uncanny ability to catch the beauty in a face, the stream of light into a room, the thrill or the terror of a touch! Silent film-making at its very best.


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