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Friday, October 25, 2013

Norma Talmadge, Anna Q. Nilsson, Corrinne Griffith, Gloria Swanson - Dir. Frank Lloyd

Ashes of Vengeance (1923) Norma Talmadge; Dir. Frank Lloyd

Ashes of Vengeance is a 1923 movie by Frank Lloyd, starring Norma Talmadge and Wallace Beery. This film survives at the Library of Congress and at the George Eastman House, Rochester New York.

Directed by Frank Lloyd
Written by Frank Lloyd
Story by H.B. Somerville
Starring Norma Talmadge, Wallace Beery
Distributed by First National Pictures (as Associated First National)
Release date: August 6, 1923
Running time: 120 minutes
Country: USA
Language: Silent film (English intertitles)

Winds of Chance (1925) Anna Q. Nilsson; Dir. Frank Lloyd

This Klondike epic from Frank Lloyd came out just a few months after Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925) and tells almost the same story, except with less comedy and A LOT more action and female entanglements! So if you need a alternative to Chaplin's version, or hungry for more gold rush films, then this one is for you!

Ben Lyon stars as the naive one, getting continually screwed over by people he meet. The only real friend he finds is Victor McLaglen, as a jolly French Canadian, which was a bit weird. But he's the life and counter personality to all the greedy people that climb the hills and sail the rough water for wealth. And there are 3 ladies mixed in to make it extra complicated, along with several sub-plots/persons to fill the 2 hours of adventure.

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A Tale of Two Cities (1917) William Farnum, Rosita Marstinni; Dir. Frank Lloyd

Release Date: 11 March 1917

The Sea Hawk (1924) Milton Sills, Enid Bennett; Dir. Frank Lloyd

The Sea Hawk is a 1924 silent movie about an English noble sold into slavery who escapes and turns himself into a pirate king. Directed by Frank Lloyd, the screen adaptation was written by J. G. Hawks based upon the Rafael Sabatini novel of the same name.

Starring Milton Sills, Enid Bennett, Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Produced by Frank Lloyd
Screenplay by J. G. Hawks
Intertitles: Walter Anthony
Based on The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
Cinematography, Norbert F. Brodin
Editing by Edward M. Roskam
Studio Frank Lloyd Productions
Distributed by Associated First National Pictures
Release date: June 14, 1924 (U.S. theatrical)
Running time: 123 minutes

2 films on 1 DVD
In DVD/CD sleeve with photo label.

1929 ~ Corinne Griffith is The Divine Lady & Gloria Swanson in The Trespasser

The Divine Lady is a 1929 Vitaphone sound film with a synchronized musical score and sound effects. The film, however, featured no spoken dialogue.

The film tells the story of the love affair between Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton. It stars Corinne Griffith, Victor Varconi, H.B. Warner, Ian Keith, Marie Dressler, Dorothy Cumming, William Conklin, and Montagu Love. It featured a theme song entitled "Lady Divine" with lyrics by Richard Kountz and music by Nathaniel (Nat) Shilkret. The song became a popular hit in 1929 and was recorded by numerous artists such as Nat Shilkret, Frank Munn, Ben Selvin (as The Cavaliers), Smith Ballew, Adrian Schubert, Sam Lanin and Bob Haring.

The movie was adapted by Harry Carr, Forrest Halsey, Agnes Christine Johnston, and Edwin Justus Mayer from the novel The Divine Lady: a Romance of Nelson and Emma Hamilton by E. Barrington. It was directed by Frank Lloyd.

It won the Academy Award for Directing and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Corinne Griffith) and Best Cinematography.

Release date: March 31, 1929
Running time: 99 minutes

The Trespasser is a 1929 American film directed and written by Edmund Goulding, starring Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall and Wally Albright.

The Trespasser was distributed by United Artists. It was a Joseph P. Kennedy Production of a Gloria Swanson Picture and was released as both a silent and sound version for a total negative cost of $725,000.

The film earned an Academy Award nomination for (Gloria Swanson) in her talkie debut. It was written and directed by Edmund Goulding and was first filmed as a silent film. A quickly made talkie version was made and was a smash hit for its star - Gloria Swanson. Her second and last Academy Award nomination was for Sunset Boulevard (1950).

Goulding remade the film as That Certain Woman (1937) with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda.
Running time: 1hr 30min (TCM classics)

2 films on 1 DVD
In DVD/CD sleeve with photo label.

Frank Lloyd (2 February 1886, Glasgow, UK – 10 August 1960, Santa Monica, California, United States) was a film director, scriptwriter and producer.

Lloyd was among the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and its president between 1934 and 1935.

Frank Lloyd was Scotland's first Academy Award winner and is unique in film history having received three Oscar nominations in 1929 for his work on a silent film (The Divine Lady), a part-talkie (Weary River) and a full talkie (Drag).

He won for The Divine Lady. He was nominated and won again in 1933 for his adaptation of Noël Coward's Cavalcade and received a further Best Director nomination in 1935 for perhaps his most successful film, Mutiny on the Bounty.

In 1957, Lloyd was awarded the George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.

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