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According to a production directory in the 8 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald-Moving Picture World, work began on Queen Kelly on 1 Nov 1928.
       Director Erich von Stroheim was removed from the film before the production was completed, and his 11-reel version was reduced to 8 reels by actress Gloria Swanson. Although the film was distributed in Europe, it was not released commercially in the United States until 1984, when it was shown in a limited theatrical ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 8 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald-Moving Picture World, work began on Queen Kelly on 1 Nov 1928.
       Director Erich von Stroheim was removed from the film before the production was completed, and his 11-reel version was reduced to 8 reels by actress Gloria Swanson. Although the film was distributed in Europe, it was not released commercially in the United States until 1984, when it was shown in a limited theatrical release. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
BFI/Monthly Film Bulletin
Sep 1985
pp. 294-95.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1928
p. 50.
Variety
5 Sep 1984
p. 6.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1929
Production Date:
began 1 November 1928
Physical Properties:
Silent
with mus score, Western Electric System
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In Kronberg, capital of Ruritania, the queen prepares to marry her cousin, Prince Wolfram, but during exercises with his squadron the prince sees Patricia Kelly, among some girls from an orphanage. Determined to meet her again, he has the convent set afire, kidnaps her, and takes her to his chateau. Queen Regina emerges in a fury and chases Patricia from the chateau with a lash. Her victim throws herself in the river and drowns, and the prince commits suicide by her coffin. (The foregoing description reflects the European release version; in Stroheim's version, Kelly's suicide fails, and she returns to the convent. A telegram arrives from her guardian aunt, who operates a brothel in German East Africa, and the aunt forces Patricia to marry Jan Vooyheid, a degenerate, drunken cripple, the wedding taking place with the aunt lying on her deathbed. In the unfinished scenario, Wolfram is transferred to Africa and meets Patricia following the death of her husband. The queen having been assassinated, Wolfram ascends the throne, and Patricia becomes Queen ... +


In Kronberg, capital of Ruritania, the queen prepares to marry her cousin, Prince Wolfram, but during exercises with his squadron the prince sees Patricia Kelly, among some girls from an orphanage. Determined to meet her again, he has the convent set afire, kidnaps her, and takes her to his chateau. Queen Regina emerges in a fury and chases Patricia from the chateau with a lash. Her victim throws herself in the river and drowns, and the prince commits suicide by her coffin. (The foregoing description reflects the European release version; in Stroheim's version, Kelly's suicide fails, and she returns to the convent. A telegram arrives from her guardian aunt, who operates a brothel in German East Africa, and the aunt forces Patricia to marry Jan Vooyheid, a degenerate, drunken cripple, the wedding taking place with the aunt lying on her deathbed. In the unfinished scenario, Wolfram is transferred to Africa and meets Patricia following the death of her husband. The queen having been assassinated, Wolfram ascends the throne, and Patricia becomes Queen Kelly.) +

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