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Two earlier adaptations of Clyde Fitch's play were produced, both entitled The Climbers . In 1915, the Lubin Mfg. Co. made a version directed by Barry O'Neil and starring Gladys Hanson and Walter Hitchcock. A 1919 Vitagraph adaptation was directed by Tom Terriss and starred Corinne Griffth and Hugh Huntley (see entries ... More Less

Two earlier adaptations of Clyde Fitch's play were produced, both entitled The Climbers . In 1915, the Lubin Mfg. Co. made a version directed by Barry O'Neil and starring Gladys Hanson and Walter Hitchcock. A 1919 Vitagraph adaptation was directed by Tom Terriss and starred Corinne Griffth and Hugh Huntley (see entries above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 May 1927.
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New York Times
4 May 1927
p. 29.
Variety
4 May 1927
p. 22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 May 1927
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 30 April 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 May 1927
Copyright Number:
LP23936
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,631
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the court of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, the Duke of Arrogan [ sic ], Prime Minister, carries on a liaison with the Countess Veya, a climber seeking favor in high places. The countess, jealous of the duke's wife, plots to disgrace her in the eyes of the king by having Córdova, a political prisoner, hidden in the duchess' boudoir; as a result, both victims are exiled to Porto Rico. The duchess, swearing vengeance on all men, becomes cruel and ruthless, amassing great wealth on her plantation, while Córdova gains notoriety as El Blanco, a pillaging bandit, who begins an affair with the duchess and prevents a riot of the workers on her rancho. Laska, her daughter, commanded to wed the dissolute Prince Treván, escapes to join her mother upon the death of her father. After a battle with the bandits, who have captured Laska, the duchess is reunited with her daughter and ... +


At the court of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, the Duke of Arrogan [ sic ], Prime Minister, carries on a liaison with the Countess Veya, a climber seeking favor in high places. The countess, jealous of the duke's wife, plots to disgrace her in the eyes of the king by having Córdova, a political prisoner, hidden in the duchess' boudoir; as a result, both victims are exiled to Porto Rico. The duchess, swearing vengeance on all men, becomes cruel and ruthless, amassing great wealth on her plantation, while Córdova gains notoriety as El Blanco, a pillaging bandit, who begins an affair with the duchess and prevents a riot of the workers on her rancho. Laska, her daughter, commanded to wed the dissolute Prince Treván, escapes to join her mother upon the death of her father. After a battle with the bandits, who have captured Laska, the duchess is reunited with her daughter and Córdova. +

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