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When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922 film)

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Director  Robert G. Vignola
Country  United States
8.4/10 IMDb

Language  Silent
When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922 film) movie poster
Release date  September 14, 1922 (1922-09-14)
Based on  When Knighthood Was in Flower  by Charles Major
Writer  William LeBaron, Charles Major (novel), Luther Reed (adaptation)

When knighthood was in flower 1922

When Knighthood Was in Flower is a 1922 silent historical film based on the novel When Knighthood Was in Flower by Charles Major and play by Paul Kester. The film was produced by William Randolph Hearst (or his Cosmopolitan Productions) for his 'live-in companion' Marion Davies and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The director was veteran Robert G. Vignola who helmed several of Davies costume romances. This was William Powell's second film. The story was re-filmed in the sound era in 1953 as The Sword and the Rose by Ken Annakin.


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Mary Tudor, Queen of France (Marion Davies), the younger sister of King Henry VIII (Lyn Harding), falls in love with commoner Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk (Forrest Stanley). There are other plans for Mary, however; she is supposed to make a politically strategic marriage to the elderly King Louis XII of France (William Norris). Brandon is framed for murder, but Mary, disguised as a boy, helps him to escape. Henry tracks down his sister and her lover at a Bristol Inn, and Mary agrees to wed the French king if Brandon's life is spared. After Brandon is exiled, Mary goes ahead with the wedding, but King Louis, in his attempt to prove he is lively enough for such a pretty young bride, drops dead. His nephew and heir to the throne, Francis (William Powell), wants to wed Mary, but Brandon comes to the rescue. When Henry discovers that his sister and Brandon have married, he remarks, "I should have consented in the first place, and saved us all this trouble."


  • Marion Davies - Mary Tudor
  • Forrest Stanley - Charles Brandon
  • Lyn Harding - Henry VIII
  • Teresa Maxwell-Conover - Queen Catherine (as Theresa Maxwell Conover)
  • Pedro de Cordoba - Duke of Buckingham
  • Ruth Shepley - Lady Jane Bolingbroke
  • Ernest Glendinning - Sir Edwin Caskoden
  • Arthur Forrest - Cardinal Wolsey
  • Johnny Dooley - Will Sommers
  • William Kent - King's tailor
  • Charles K. Gerrard - Sir Adam Judson
  • Arthur Donaldson - Sir Henry Brandon
  • Downing Clarke - Lord Chamberlain
  • William Norris - Louis XII
  • Macey Harlam - Duc de Longueville
  • William Powell - Francis I (billed William H. Powell)
  • George Nash - An adventurer
  • Gustav von Seyffertitz - Grammont
  • Paul Panzer - Captain of the Guard
  • Guy Coombs - Follower of Buckingham
  • uncredited

  • Betty Brown - extra
  • Flora Finch - French countess
  • Black Diamond the Horse -
  • Winchester the Horse -
  • George Ogle - ?
  • Dorothy Portingall - ?
  • Andrew Quirk - Courtier
  • Mortimer Snow -
  • Reception

    The film was very popular and was the sixth biggest hit of the year in the US. When it was released, the theatres were filled with flowers for theatrical effect. Playwright Robert E. Sherwood considered it one of the best pictures of the year.


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