His Supreme Moment (1925)

Drama | 3 May 1925

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HISTORY

According to the Var review, the film had three sequences, the first of which opened the film with a prologue set in a "Moorish harem" featuring Blanche Sweet as a dancing girl. At the end of the sequence, the film switches to black and white and it is revealed that the color footage was actually a film within a film being watched by a theater audience. The Var reviewer noted that another color sequence was "a Moorish bath ... More Less

According to the Var review, the film had three sequences, the first of which opened the film with a prologue set in a "Moorish harem" featuring Blanche Sweet as a dancing girl. At the end of the sequence, the film switches to black and white and it is revealed that the color footage was actually a film within a film being watched by a theater audience. The Var reviewer noted that another color sequence was "a Moorish bath scene." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Apr 1925.
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New York Times
13 Apr 1925
p. 24.
Variety
15 Apr 1925
p. 36.
CAST
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel "World Without End" by May Edginton in Ainslee's Magazine (Feb-Jul 1925).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 May 1925
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 April 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Goldwyn, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 April 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21360
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black & white with color sequences
Technicolor
Length(in feet):
6,500
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

John Douglas, a mining engineer who has returned from South America in order to obtain financing for a goldmining venture, attends the theater with Sara Deeping and falls madly in love with Carla King, the star of the play. Sara becomes jealous but nevertheless secretly arranges the financing for John's mine. John proposes to Carla, and she agrees to marry him only if they first live together for a year like brother and sister. John consents, and he and Carla go to South America, where Carla is severely depressed by the rough, isolated surroundings. John finally attempts to embrace her in passion, and the gulf between them widens. Carla saves John's life during a labor dispute and then becomes ill with fever. Sara appears and persuades John and Carla that their platonic experiment has failed; Sara then arranges for them to return to New York, where John becomes infatuated with Sara. Carla agrees to marry a millionaire named Avon in return for Avon's promise to back John. John learns of her noble sacrifice, prevents the marriage to Avon, arranges independent financing for the mine, and returns to South America with ... +


John Douglas, a mining engineer who has returned from South America in order to obtain financing for a goldmining venture, attends the theater with Sara Deeping and falls madly in love with Carla King, the star of the play. Sara becomes jealous but nevertheless secretly arranges the financing for John's mine. John proposes to Carla, and she agrees to marry him only if they first live together for a year like brother and sister. John consents, and he and Carla go to South America, where Carla is severely depressed by the rough, isolated surroundings. John finally attempts to embrace her in passion, and the gulf between them widens. Carla saves John's life during a labor dispute and then becomes ill with fever. Sara appears and persuades John and Carla that their platonic experiment has failed; Sara then arranges for them to return to New York, where John becomes infatuated with Sara. Carla agrees to marry a millionaire named Avon in return for Avon's promise to back John. John learns of her noble sacrifice, prevents the marriage to Avon, arranges independent financing for the mine, and returns to South America with Carla. +

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

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