The Wheel of Life (1929)

55 mins | Romance | 15 June 1929

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HISTORY

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Wheel of Life was 23 Mar 1929.
       In 1923, James Bernard Fagan's play The Wheel was performed in the U.S. under the title The Wheel of Life . Although contemporary newspaper articles reported some regional performances, no New York City productions have been ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Wheel of Life was 23 Mar 1929.
       In 1923, James Bernard Fagan's play The Wheel was performed in the U.S. under the title The Wheel of Life . Although contemporary newspaper articles reported some regional performances, no New York City productions have been verified. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
30 Jun 1929.
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New York Times
24 Jun 1929
p. 29.
Variety
26 Jun 1929
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Wheel by James Bernard Fagan (London, 6 Feb 1922)
SONGS
"I Wonder Why I Love You," words and music by Victor Schertzinger.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 June 1929
Production Date:
began 23 March 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 June 1929
Copyright Number:
LP471
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 5,305 ft.
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in feet):
5,153
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Captain Yeullat, a young British officer, on furlough in London from duty in India, prevents a young woman, Ruth Dangan, from drowning herself in the Thames, but she disappears before he learns her identity. Later, with his regiment in India, he meets her as the wife of Colonel Dangan, his commanding officer, and they fall in love. Finding himself in an impossible position, Yeulla has himself transferred to another regiment. Later, at a lonely outpost, he receives word that British travelers have been besieged by natives at a Buddhist monastery and leads his men to the rescue; there he finds Ruth and her party trying to defend the building, and during the battle they pledge their love, expecting to die together. But Dangan arrives with reinforcements and saves them; circumstantially, he is killed by a sniper, clearing the way for the marriage of Ruth and the ... +


Captain Yeullat, a young British officer, on furlough in London from duty in India, prevents a young woman, Ruth Dangan, from drowning herself in the Thames, but she disappears before he learns her identity. Later, with his regiment in India, he meets her as the wife of Colonel Dangan, his commanding officer, and they fall in love. Finding himself in an impossible position, Yeulla has himself transferred to another regiment. Later, at a lonely outpost, he receives word that British travelers have been besieged by natives at a Buddhist monastery and leads his men to the rescue; there he finds Ruth and her party trying to defend the building, and during the battle they pledge their love, expecting to die together. But Dangan arrives with reinforcements and saves them; circumstantially, he is killed by a sniper, clearing the way for the marriage of Ruth and the captain. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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