The Eyes of the World (1930)

78 mins | Melodrama | 30 August 1930

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HISTORY

An earlier adaptation of the novel, also entitled The Eyes of the World , was produced by the Clune Film Co. in 1917. That film was directed by Donald Crisp and starred Monroe Salisbury and Jack Livingstone (See ... More Less

An earlier adaptation of the novel, also entitled The Eyes of the World , was produced by the Clune Film Co. in 1917. That film was directed by Donald Crisp and starred Monroe Salisbury and Jack Livingstone (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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Film Daily
17 Aug 1930.
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New York Times
15 Aug 1930
p. 20.
Variety
20 Aug 1930
p. 15.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Eyes of the World by Harold Bell Wright (Chicago, 1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 August 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 14 August 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Inspiration Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 August 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1549
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in feet):
7,272
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

As an unsophisticated young girl, Myra Willard is seduced into "marrying" James Rutledge and bears his child, Gertrude; but his legal wife in a fit of rage disfigures Myra's face with acid and leaves marks on the child, causing Myra to retreat from the eyes of the world to a mountain village. Thirty years later, she arranges her daughter's marriage to Edward Taine, a rich, elderly man. Later, in Paris, Gertrude meets and falls in love with Aaron King, a young artist, and induces her husband to help him. Hoping to break up the relationship, Taine has Aaron, Gertrude, and young James Rutledge, Jr., accompany him to his camp in the mountains. There, Aaron meets Sybil, daughter of novelist Conrad LaGrange, and falls in love with her. But when she is humiliated by Gertrude, Sybil allows James, Jr., to accompany her home, where he attempts to seduce her. The disfigured Myra enters and, recognizing Rutledge's son, is about to kill him, but he is saved by the arrival of Gertrude and Aaron; Myra reveals her identity, and Sybil learns that Gertrude's flirtation with Aaron is innocent, thus effecting a reconciliation between the ... +


As an unsophisticated young girl, Myra Willard is seduced into "marrying" James Rutledge and bears his child, Gertrude; but his legal wife in a fit of rage disfigures Myra's face with acid and leaves marks on the child, causing Myra to retreat from the eyes of the world to a mountain village. Thirty years later, she arranges her daughter's marriage to Edward Taine, a rich, elderly man. Later, in Paris, Gertrude meets and falls in love with Aaron King, a young artist, and induces her husband to help him. Hoping to break up the relationship, Taine has Aaron, Gertrude, and young James Rutledge, Jr., accompany him to his camp in the mountains. There, Aaron meets Sybil, daughter of novelist Conrad LaGrange, and falls in love with her. But when she is humiliated by Gertrude, Sybil allows James, Jr., to accompany her home, where he attempts to seduce her. The disfigured Myra enters and, recognizing Rutledge's son, is about to kill him, but he is saved by the arrival of Gertrude and Aaron; Myra reveals her identity, and Sybil learns that Gertrude's flirtation with Aaron is innocent, thus effecting a reconciliation between the two. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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