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Beyond the Rocks

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:May 7, 1922
Running time:81 minutes
Cast:Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis, Robert Bolder
Director:Sam Wood
Writer:Jack Cunningham, Elinor Glyn
Distributor:Paramount Pictures

Description: This picture did great at the box office, and no wonder -- Paramount's biggest star of the day, Gloria Swanson, co-starred with Rudolph Valentino (whose fame was so new that his first name was still being spelled Rodolph), in a story written by the most famous trashy novelist of the day, Elinor Glyn. There was no way this romantic drama could have lost. Swanson plays Theodora Fitzgerald, the daughter of poor but aristocratic parents. Her father pushes her into a marriage with a retired and wealthy grocer, but on the honeymoon she meets Lord Bracondale, a stunningly handsome nobleman (Valentino) when he saves her from a mountain climbing fall. The two embark on a torrid affair (enhanced by fanciful historical flashbacks). Although Theodora wishes to do right by her husband, he discovers that she does not love him and goes on an expedition, where he is fatally wounded. Before he dies, he generously gives the errant couple his approval. Between the time this film completed production and the time it came out, The Four Horsemen of the Apolcalypse was released, increasing Valentino's box office value even more.~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide

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