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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2005 alternate) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (Sepia)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Sarah - Theodora's Older Sister #2: I wish he weren't quite so impossible.
Clementine - Theodora's Older Sister #1: My dear, no man with millions is impossible.
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Alternate Versions

In 2005, The Nederlands Filmmuseum copyrighted a restored version of this film with new intertitles (based on the original continuity script) and a new musical score by . It ran 80 minutes. which included about 2 minutes of explanatory remarks and restoration credits, was distributed by Milestone and broadcast on the Turner Classic Movies channel in 2006. The IMDb credits are taken from this version, but they probably differ from the original credits. In 1922, Valentino's screen given name was Rodolph and spelled that way in reviews. Cast lists were not common; credited actors were in the intertitles right before they appeared onscreen. If that were the case for this movie, , 'Raymond Brathwayt' and would be marked uncredited, since their names and their character names do not appear in the intertitles. See more »

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Just Saw It!
30 November 2005 | by vanscottieSee all my reviews

Just saw the film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, very faithful and loving restoration. Still some bits missing. The speaker who was in charge of the restoration said there seemed to be approx four minutes still missing. In attendance were members of Swan's and Valentino's family. They spoke of their gratitude that the film was found and restored. Swanson's granddaughter quoted a passage from her grandmother's autobiography about her thoughts on the picture and that passage finished with a plea that somebody somewhere find a print of the film as she did enjoy it so and was so sad it had been lost. It really did feel in that theatre as if both stars were there watching it again. It's a rather good film, not a "great" film but well worth seeing for any fan of either star or of silent films in general. The DVD release will be "soon" and be on the Milestone label, a company that releases DVDs of a large number of silent films including nearly all of Keaton's.

This was a good day for film to have found this treasure


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