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Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 May 1922 (USA)
A young woman marries an older millionaire and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman on her honeymoon.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Elinor Glyn (based on the novel by), Jack Cunningham (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gloria Swanson ... Theodora Fitzgerald
Rudolph Valentino ... Lord Hector Bracondale
Edythe Chapman ... Lady Bracondale
Alec B. Francis ... Captain Fitzgerald
Robert Bolder ... Josiah Brown
Gertrude Astor ... Morella Winmarleigh
June Elvidge ... Lady Anna Anningford
Mabel Van Buren ... Jane McBride
Helen Dunbar ... Lady Ada Fitzgerald
Raymond Blathwayt Raymond Blathwayt ... Sir Patrick Fitzgerald
Frank Butler Frank Butler ... Lord Wensleydon (as F. R. Butler)
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Storyline

Love, duty, and the scent of narcissus. Theodora, a young and penniless aristocrat, marries a much older man, self-made millionaire grocer Josiah Brown, so that her father and spinster sisters can live comfortably. Soon after the wedding, she finds herself falling in love with Hector, the Tenth Earl of Bracondale, a playboy she encounters on the social circuit of the very rich -- in the Swiss Alps, Paris, London, and the English countryside. Hector is attracted to her as well. Theodora must choose between love and duty, and then Josiah and Hector must make choices of their own. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Thrilling rescues of the heroine-first when she over turns in a boat in the ocean and later when she hangs by a half broken rope over a precipitous cliff in the icy Alps. (Print Ad- Elmira Star-Gazette ((Elmira, N.Y.)) 10 May 1922)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

7 May 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Du sollst nicht begehren deines Nächsten Weib See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$265,150, 31 December 1922
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Runtime:

(2005 alternate) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (Sepia)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In all the publicity materials for this film, Valentino's Christian name is always spelt "Rodolph". See more »

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When Husein Ben Ali and his men are being chased away by the soldiers, a crew member steps in front of the camera during the wide shot of the scene. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lord Hector Bracondale: Darling, we have passed the rocks and here are the safe waters beyond.
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An exciting discovery
21 May 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The silent era continues to have surprises for us, such as this one, "Beyond the Rocks," a film starring Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino once thought lost but since rediscovered and restored. Based on a novel by Elinor Glyn, it's a potboiler that doesn't hold up well today, but so little does at age 84. It's the story of a young woman, Theodora, the hope of her family (i.e., the one with the youth and looks to nab a rich husband) who meets a British nobleman (Valentino) when he saves her from drowning. Then she meets her betrothed, a short, old thing. She's disappointed, but for the sake of her father, marries him. She runs into Valentino on her honeymoon and this time, he saves her from falling off a mountain during a climbing expedition. They seem Meant to Be. But both are determined to honor her marriage vows.

Valentino and Swanson are heavily made up, and both actually looked much better with a more natural appearance. In the beginning, with her hair down and less Max Factor, Swanson is lovely - petite, with amazing eyes and beautiful skin. Later on, however, she looks older than she is due to the make-up and hair-do. Her character has a great wardrobe, and Swanson wears it well. Both actors give good performances. Valentino had a tendency to be obvious in some of his emotions - it was more the style then - but he gives a more relaxed performance in "Beyond the Rocks." Most of the movie looks beautiful with its sepia tones though there are some damaged sections. It's quite a find and a chance to see two big stars of the silent era together. Swanson wrote of parts of the film that don't seem to exist any longer - but as one of the comments here suggests, she perhaps was mixing this up with another film. Given the plot, it would be easy to do so.


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