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Conrad's novel was first published in Munsey's Magazine in Feb 1915. Stephen Fox was a pseudonym for Jules Furthman. Other films based on the same source include Dangerous Paradise , produced by Paramount Famous Lasky Corp., released 22 Feb 1930, directed by William Wellman and starring Richard Arlen and Nancy Carroll (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1189); and a 1940 film entitled Victory , produced by Paramount, directed by John Cromwell and starring Fredric March. In 1986, West German director Vadim Glowna, planned to produce The Devil's Paradise based on the Conrad novel, starring Sam ... More Less

Conrad's novel was first published in Munsey's Magazine in Feb 1915. Stephen Fox was a pseudonym for Jules Furthman. Other films based on the same source include Dangerous Paradise , produced by Paramount Famous Lasky Corp., released 22 Feb 1930, directed by William Wellman and starring Richard Arlen and Nancy Carroll (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1189); and a 1940 film entitled Victory , produced by Paramount, directed by John Cromwell and starring Fredric March. In 1986, West German director Vadim Glowna, planned to produce The Devil's Paradise based on the Conrad novel, starring Sam Waterston. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
6 Dec 19
p. 71.
MPN
6 Dec 19
p. 4142.
MPW
6 Dec 19
p. 672.
MPW
6 Mar 20
p. 1683.
New York Times
28 Dec 19
VIII, p. 4.
Variety
28 Nov 19
p. 58.
Wid's
7 Dec 19
p. 3.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Victory by Joseph Conrad (London, 1915).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
7 December 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Maurice Tourneur Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 December 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14507
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,735
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Axel Heyst follows a philosophy of life based completely on solitude and lives on a South Seas island with a Chinese houseboy, his only companion. When he goes to a neighboring island on business, he takes pity on Alma, a violinist in a ladies' orchestra who is mistreated by Schomberg, the hotel owner. With Mrs. Schomberg's assistance, Heyst helps Alma escape to his island. In revenge, Schomberg sets on their trail three desperadoes: Jones, a well-bred English gambler; Ricardo, his secretary; and Pedro, a Venezuelan native. The three go to the island believing great wealth is hidden there. Heyst hides Alma, of whom he has grown fond despite his reclusive philosophy. When Ricardo discovers and attacks Alma, Heyst shoots and kills him. Pedro binds Jones and throws him into the fire because Jones had killed his brother in this way years earlier. Heyst realizes his love for Alma and the two live in happiness together on the ... +


Axel Heyst follows a philosophy of life based completely on solitude and lives on a South Seas island with a Chinese houseboy, his only companion. When he goes to a neighboring island on business, he takes pity on Alma, a violinist in a ladies' orchestra who is mistreated by Schomberg, the hotel owner. With Mrs. Schomberg's assistance, Heyst helps Alma escape to his island. In revenge, Schomberg sets on their trail three desperadoes: Jones, a well-bred English gambler; Ricardo, his secretary; and Pedro, a Venezuelan native. The three go to the island believing great wealth is hidden there. Heyst hides Alma, of whom he has grown fond despite his reclusive philosophy. When Ricardo discovers and attacks Alma, Heyst shoots and kills him. Pedro binds Jones and throws him into the fire because Jones had killed his brother in this way years earlier. Heyst realizes his love for Alma and the two live in happiness together on the island. +

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