LanguageSilent film (English intertitles); English dialogue DirectorAlan Crosland
Gordon Hollingshead Release dateApril 26, 1928 (1928-04-26) Based onGlorious Betsy
by Rida Johnson Young WriterAnthony Coldeway, Jack Jarmuth (titles), Rida Johnson Young (play) DirectorsAlan Crosland, Gordon Hollingshead ScreenplayAnthony Coldeway, Jack Jarmuth CastDolores Costello, Conrad Nagel, John Miljan, Marc McDermott Similar moviesThe Bourne Legacy, The Blair Witch Project, Giant, The Monroe Doctrine, Der Kinoerzähler, Singin' in the Rain
TaglineTHE 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.
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.
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.
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.