Beyond the Rocks/The Delicious Little Devil [DVD]
- SKU: 20674973
- Release Date: 07/11/2006
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- Video introduction by Martin Scorsese
- The Delicious LIttle Devil (1919, with Rudolph Valentino and Mae Murray, 54 minutes. Score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.)
- Extensive stills gallery from Gloria Swanson's personal collection
- 85-minute wire recording of Gloria Swanson from 1955 -- never before heard
- Interviews, articles and videos detailing the restoration process
- Stereo orchestral score by Henny Vrienten; alternate 5.1 orchestral score by Vrienten with sound effects
Although a bit slow to get off the ground, this witty film shows what star Mae Murray and her director husband, Robert Z. Leonard, could do with a good concept. Mae plays Mary McGuire, a girl of extremely modest means. She's a coat-check girl, but gets fired from her job for dancing around in a customer's expensive coat (Murray, an ex-Follies girl, always favored an opportunity to strut her stuff). A road house just outside of town is looking for a hostess with "experience," and the innocent Mary bluffs her way into the job by claiming to be Gloria du Monde, a European dancer who had had an affair with the Duke de Sauterne. Coincidentally, the Duke (Bertram Grassby) actually comes into the cafe and, amused by the ruse, decides to pursue her. But Mary has gotten involved with Jimmie Calhoun (Rudolph Valentino, in an early, non-Latin role), who realizes she is really a nice girl. But that is thrown into doubt by the attitude of the Duke. Mary finds herself having to prove her virtuousness when up until then, she has been pretending to be a wanton woman. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi
Beyond the Rocks
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, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Mae Murray
- Richard Cummings
- Bertram Grassby
- Edward Jobson
- Rudolph Valentino