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The Bride's Play (1922)

An Irish lass is torn between the poet who seduced her and noble man who truly loves.

Director:

George Terwilliger (as George W. Terwilliger)

Writers:

Mildred Considine, Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne (story) (as Donn Byrne)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marion Davies ... Enid of Cashell / Aileen Barrett
John B. O'Brien ... Marquis of Muckross
Frank Shannon ... Sir John Mansfield
Wyndham Standing ... Sir Fergus Cassidy
Carl Miller ... Bulmer Meade
Richard Cummings Richard Cummings ... John Barrett
Eleanor Middleton Eleanor Middleton ... Bridget
Thea Talbot Thea Talbot ... Sybil
John P. Wade John P. Wade ... Sir Robert Fennell
Julia Hurley ... Peasant Woman
George Spink George Spink ... Meade's Butler
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Storyline

A young woman is courted first by an older gentleman who loves her, then by a young poet. Upon falling in love with the poet after his relentless pursuit of her, he disappears to Dublin for weeks, during which time, she fears some tragedy may have befallen him. She goes to find him, only to discover he has been courting many women during his absence, one of whom, sets her straight at to his deceitful carousing ways and she returns home. After reading of her upcoming marriage to the other man in the paper, the poet rushes to interfere with the wedding Written by dictracy23

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A beautiful tale of a modern girl, with a great love in her grasp, confronted on her wedding day by a past love. (Print Ad- The Evening Telegram,((New York, NY)) 12 January 1922)

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Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brudleken See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Final film for Thea Talbot. See more »

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Bridget: If the pigs would eat it I'd feed it to them. But even a pig has its breedin'.
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Marion Davies as Aileen and Enid
5 June 2016 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Marion Davies stars as an Irish lass pursued by an older man (Wyndham Standing) and a rakish poet(Carl Miller). She falls for the poet until she discovers he has a bevy of girlfriends and eventually settles for the older man, who happens to be the local lord. People wonder if the lord will re-enact the ancient custom of the "bride's play," whereby the bride addresses the gathered men and asks if he is the one she loves best. Traditionally, the men say no and when she asks the groom, he says yes.

As with many Davies films, this one has a fantasy sequence which shows Davies as a 12th Century woman named Enid who enacts the "bride's play" but runs off with her true love when she asks if he is the one she loves best. They leave the would-be groom fuming.

But in the modern-day story, as she is about to enact the "bride's play," the poet makes a startling appearance and takes his place in line. What will happen when she asks him the fateful question? Gorgeous film with ocean backdrops and massive castle sets by Joseph Urban, who also designed Davies' ENCHANTMENT and THE RESTLESS SEX. Davies is, as always, very beautiful as the medieval Enid and the modern-day Aileen. Standing is 20 years her senior but that's what the plot calls for. Thea Talbot plays the jaded Sybil, and George Spink plays the butler. Spink supposedly wrote a symphonic score for the film's premiere but it seems to be lost.

Davies is always worth watching, and the lush surroundings and beautiful camera work enhance the film greatly.


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