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The Night of Love (1927)

A duke kidnaps the gypsy Montero's young bride, intending to exercise a nobleman's then-presumed right to make love to her. But she dies, and Montero vows revenge.


George Fitzmaurice


Pedro Calderón de la Barca (play), Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Ronald Colman ... Montero
Vilma Bánky ... Princess Marie
Montagu Love ... Duke de la Garda
Natalie Kingston ... Donna Beatriz
John George ... Jester
Bynunsky Hyman Bynunsky Hyman ... Bandit (as B. Hyman)
Gibson Gowland ... Bandit
Laska Winter ... Gypsy Bride
Sally Rand ... Gypsy Dancer
William H. Tooker William H. Tooker ... Spanish Ambassador
Charles Holt Charles Holt ... Grandee


Bandit leader Montero seeks vengeance against a wicked duke who is responsible for the death of his bride. On the duke's wedding day, he kidnaps the duke's new wife, the French Princess Marie, before the union can be consummated and carries her off to his hideout; however, he did not figure that he and Marie would fall in love, complicating all plans of vengeance. And what of the humiliated duke? Written by cupcakes

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A passionate adventure- with the most vivid pair of lovers in the world! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 26 June 1927)


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Release Date:

22 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Innocent See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$414,847, 31 December 1928
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Prohibited in Hong Kong for immorality and indecency. See more »


Referenced in This Theatre and You (1949) See more »

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Wonderful Banky
20 August 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"The Night Of Love" is a skillful blend of action and romance as only old-time Hollywood could do it. A lot of story is crammed into 83 minutes and the whole cast shines in this period piece set in medieval Spain. As related in the storyline, a licentious Duke invokes his droit de signeur privilege and invades a group of Gypsies preparing for a wedding. He absconds with the bride who was betrothed to Ronald Colman, and from there the Duke's troubles begin.

There are fight scenes, banquet/orgy scenes, escapes and chases and other instances suitable for a Hollywood spectacle. Leading man Colman is overshadowed by the luminous Vilma Banky. She commands the picture with her expressive, beautiful face and is the real star of the picture. Montague Love is the hapless villain trying to outwit Colman and is a hateful presence. The deus ex machina towards the end is difficult to swallow and shows influence of Catholicism on the part of the screenwriters, but does no harm to the final product. Since Banky could speak no English her career was over with the advent of sound, but she owns this picture lock, stock and barrel. A rousing swashbuckler with impeccable acting that make this film very worthwhile. Shown at Capitolfest, Rome, NY 8/18.

8/10 - Website no longer prints my star rating.

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