The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1928)

87 mins | Romantic comedy | 8 January 1928

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HISTORY

Var reviewed the film as Helen of Troy. Writer Gerald Duffy was awarded Honorable Mention for Title Writing from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work on the film. Although the Robert Emmet Sherwood play was about the conflict between Rome and Carthage in the third century B.C., reviewers noted that the comic style of the film was taken from the play.
       The Private Life of Helen of Troy was the first of two American films starring Hungarian-born actress Maria Corda (1898--1975). Her final American film was Love and the Devil (1929, see entry). Both of the American films were directed by Corda's then husband, Alexander ... More Less

Var reviewed the film as Helen of Troy. Writer Gerald Duffy was awarded Honorable Mention for Title Writing from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work on the film. Although the Robert Emmet Sherwood play was about the conflict between Rome and Carthage in the third century B.C., reviewers noted that the comic style of the film was taken from the play.
       The Private Life of Helen of Troy was the first of two American films starring Hungarian-born actress Maria Corda (1898--1975). Her final American film was Love and the Devil (1929, see entry). Both of the American films were directed by Corda's then husband, Alexander Korda.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Evening News (New London, CT)
17 Jan 1928
p. 9.
Film Daily
18 Dec 1927
p. 6.
Moving Picture World
17 Dec 1927
p. 23.
New York Times
10 Dec 1927
p. 14.
Variety
14 Dec 1927
p. 18.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Private Life of Helen of Troy by John Erskine (Indianapolis, 1925) and the play The Road to Rome by Robert Emmet Sherwood (New York, 31 Jan 1927).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Helen of Troy
Release Date:
8 January 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 9 December 1927
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 December 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24793
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Length(in feet):
7,694
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Queen Helen of Troy, the young wife of Meneleus, the King of Sparta. Menelaus, is bored with her life and her husband's lack of interest. When the handsome Trojan Prince Paris visits Sparta, the two fall in love, after which Helen runs away with Paris across the sea to his home country. To recapture his wife, Menelaus starts a war the Troy, resulting in the country's complete defeat. Although Menelaus knows that he should kill his wife for her adultery, she seduces him with her charm and beauty. Safely back in Sparta, Helen again grows restless and begins a dalliance with the Prince of ... +


Queen Helen of Troy, the young wife of Meneleus, the King of Sparta. Menelaus, is bored with her life and her husband's lack of interest. When the handsome Trojan Prince Paris visits Sparta, the two fall in love, after which Helen runs away with Paris across the sea to his home country. To recapture his wife, Menelaus starts a war the Troy, resulting in the country's complete defeat. Although Menelaus knows that he should kill his wife for her adultery, she seduces him with her charm and beauty. Safely back in Sparta, Helen again grows restless and begins a dalliance with the Prince of Ithaca. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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