The Ruling Passion (1922)

James Alden, a self-made millionaire on the edge of exhaustion, is ordered by his doctor to retire and rest. Rest, however, drives Alden mad with boredom, so he decides to open a garage ... See full summary »

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F. Harmon Weight

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Earl Derr Biggers (story "Idle Hands"), Forrest Halsey
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Cast overview:
George Arliss ... James Alden
Doris Kenyon ... Angie Alden
Edmund Burns ... 'Bill' Merrick (as Edward Burns)
Ida Darling Ida Darling ... Mrs. Alden
Jack W. Johnston ... Peterson (as J.W. Johnston)
Ernest Hilliard Ernest Hilliard ... Carter Andrews
Harold Waldridge ... Al
Brian Darley Brian Darley ... Dr. Stillings
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James Alden, a self-made millionaire on the edge of exhaustion, is ordered by his doctor to retire and rest. Rest, however, drives Alden mad with boredom, so he decides to open a garage business, incognito, and work as a simple mechanic on the motors which have always given him such pleasure but for which, as a businessman, he never had time. After a while, even after a tough fight with a competing garage, his "rest" proves very beneficial to his health. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The story of a man who just wouldn't give up business (Print Ad-Omaha Sunday Bee, ((Omaha, Neb.)) 11 June 1922)

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Distraction de millionaire See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of four silents remade as talkies by Arliss
8 July 2016 | by bbmtwistSee all my reviews

George Arliss made six silents films, four of which were remade by him as sound films. In these cases: THE RULING PASSION (remade as THE MILLIONAIRE), DISRAELI, THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD, THE GREEN GODDESS (all remade under their original titles), we have an actor who was able to improve on his playing for the silent camera and perfect his definitive interpretations for Warner Bros. sound films.

Three of these silent performances are lost: THE RULING PASSION, THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD, and DISRAELI (except for one reel) are all lost.

THE DEVIL survives and is on DVD. THE GREEN GODDESS (silent) survives and is available from private collectors.

The only missing film is $20 A WEEK, which does survive at LOC, but is not available to the public on DVD as yet.


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