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The Bride's Play (1922)

An Irish lass is torn between the poet who seduced her and noble man who truly loves.


George Terwilliger (as George W. Terwilliger)


Mildred Considine, Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne (story) (as Donn Byrne)




Cast overview:
Marion Davies ... Enid of Cashell / Aileen Barrett
John B. O'Brien ... Marquis of Muckross
Frank Shannon ... Sir John Mansfield
Wyndham Standing ... Sir Fergus Cassidy
Carl Miller ... Bulmer Meade
Richard Cummings Richard Cummings ... John Barrett
Eleanor Middleton Eleanor Middleton ... Bridget
Thea Talbot Thea Talbot ... Sybil
John P. Wade John P. Wade ... Sir Robert Fennell
Julia Hurley ... Peasant Woman
George Spink George Spink ... Meade's Butler


A young woman is courted first by an older gentleman who loves her, then by a young poet. Upon falling in love with the poet after his relentless pursuit of her, he disappears to Dublin for weeks, during which time, she fears some tragedy may have befallen him. She goes to find him, only to discover he has been courting many women during his absence, one of whom, sets her straight at to his deceitful carousing ways and she returns home. After reading of her upcoming marriage to the other man in the paper, the poet rushes to interfere with the wedding Written by dictracy23

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A beautiful tale of a modern girl, with a great love in her grasp, confronted on her wedding day by a past love. (Print Ad- The Evening Telegram,((New York, NY)) 12 January 1922)


Drama | Romance


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Because the original story described Aileen as having a fair complexion and dark hair, Marion Davies wore a black wig. In the medieval arc as Enid, she wore an elaborate blonde wig. See more »


Bridget: If the pigs would eat it I'd feed it to them. But even a pig has its breedin'.
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Very Good but Not Great
16 August 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I've just looked at the newly issued DVD from Ed Lorusso. He's done a fine job, as usual. The colored version, which I watched, was beautiful and the color added to the beauty of the rather soft print. Ben Model's score was also very good, adding to the moods of the movie without being intrusive. This kid looks to be a comer.

The movie, alas, while very good, is not as great as I had hoped. Ira Morgan's cinematography is great; the scenes by the shore are beautiful.

I have two main problems with the movie. There are too many titles, and they are far too elaborately written. One obvious example is when Marion has gone to Carl Miller's home and discovered his photo gallery of his his conquests. One of his cast-offs shows up and says "Sit down and steel your heart". Why couldn't she have sat, with a distressed face, and drawn Marion down to her? I know that titles are necessary, but why use one when skilled actresses can indicate the matter through pantomime? The other is that in some of the earlier one-shots of Marion, when she is supposed to be expressing emotion, she looks distinctly goofy. I lay both these issues at the feet of the director. His career faded sharply after this. He just wasn't up to the job.

Where this feature excels is at pageantry. Hearst was reputed to have overpaid on set design, decoration and costumes. He spent the money wisely on this one! Joseph Urban's set decoration is amazing and the wedding sequence is an especial treat. It's this sequence that makes this movie a superior one.... although, alas, not a great one.

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22 January 1922 (USA) See more »

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