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Story by  Rida Johnson Young
Country  United States
6.5/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, History
Duration  
Glorious Betsy movie poster
Language  Silent film (English intertitles); English dialogue
Director  Alan Crosland Gordon Hollingshead
Release date  April 26, 1928 (1928-04-26)
Based on  Glorious Betsy  by Rida Johnson Young
Writer  Anthony Coldeway, Jack Jarmuth (titles), Rida Johnson Young (play)
Directors  Alan Crosland, Gordon Hollingshead
Screenplay  Anthony Coldeway, Jack Jarmuth
Cast  Dolores Costello, Conrad Nagel, John Miljan, Marc McDermott
Similar movies  The Bourne Legacy, The Blair Witch Project, Giant, The Monroe Doctrine, Der Kinoerzähler, Singin' in the Rain
Tagline  THE GLAMOUROUS ROMANCE OF THE BELLE OF BALTIMORE AND NAPOLEON'S BROTHER

Glorious Betsy is a 1928 silent film with talking sequences. It is based on a play of the same name by Rida Johnson Young and starring Dolores Costello. It was produced by Warner Bros. and was nominated for (but did not win) an Academy Award for Best Writing, Adaptation in 1929. The film was directed by Alan Crosland with cinematography by Hal Mohr. A mute print of this film survives in the Library of Congress, and while their copy of this film is missing some of the sound reels, it is unknown whether other copies of the sound have been preserved elsewhere. Vitaphone track survive incomplete at UCLA Film and Television Archive.

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Although the film was written by both Anthony Coldeway and Jack Jarmuth (the latter credited only for title cards), only Coldeway was nominated for the Academy Award.

Plot

The film is a semi-historical narrative and depicts the real-life courtship, marriage, and forced breakup of Jérôme Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, and his wife from the American south, Elizabeth Patterson. Napoleon did not approve of the union (despite the fact that her family was one of the wealthiest in America) and the marriage was annulled. Jérôme was subsequently forced to marry Catharina of Württemberg. They had one child, depicted in the film, Jérôme Napoleon Bonaparte. In order to provide a "happy ending", Jérôme in the film leaves France to be with his wife. However, in historical fact he remained in Europe.

Cast

  • Dolores Costello as Betsy Patterson
  • Conrad Nagel as Jérôme Bonaparte
  • John Miljan as Preston
  • Marc McDermott as Colonel Patterson
  • Pasquale Amato as Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Michael Vavitch as Capt. St. Pierre
  • Andrés de Segurola as Capt. Du Fresne
  • Paul Panzer as The Ship's Captain
  • Clarissa Selwynne as Aunt Mary
  • Betty Blythe as Princess Frederick
  • Premiere Vitaphone short films

    Glorious Betsy premiered at the Warners Theatre in New York City, New York on April 26, 1928.

    References

    Glorious Betsy Wikipedia
    Glorious Betsy IMDbGlorious Betsy themoviedb.org


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