Release dateSeptember 14, 1922 (1922-09-14) Based onWhen Knighthood Was in Flower
by Charles Major WriterWilliam 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.
when knighthood was in flower 1922 starring marion davies
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."
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
Betty Brown - extra
Flora Finch - French countess
Black Diamond the Horse -
Winchester the Horse -
George Ogle - ?
Dorothy Portingall - ?
Andrew Quirk - Courtier
Mortimer Snow -
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.