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The Mar 1927 Photoplay noted that the original title, Manon Lescaut, would be changed to Manon. There were two previous films based on the Abbé Prévost novel, both called Manon Lescaut (1908 and 1914, see entry). Ultimately, First National opted to retitle the film When a Man Loves.
       For information on the other adaptations, see the entry for the 1914 Playgoers Film Co. production, directed by Herbert Hall Winslow and starring Lina Cavalieri and Lucien ... More Less

The Mar 1927 Photoplay noted that the original title, Manon Lescaut, would be changed to Manon. There were two previous films based on the Abbé Prévost novel, both called Manon Lescaut (1908 and 1914, see entry). Ultimately, First National opted to retitle the film When a Man Loves.
       For information on the other adaptations, see the entry for the 1914 Playgoers Film Co. production, directed by Herbert Hall Winslow and starring Lina Cavalieri and Lucien Muratore. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
21 Feb 1927
p. 17.
Film Daily
6 Feb 1927.
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New York Times
4 Feb 1927
p. 16.
Photoplay
Mar 1927
p. 102.
Variety
9 Feb 1927
p. 14.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Manon Lescaut
Manon
Release Date:
21 August 1927
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 3 February 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures. Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 December 1926
Copyright Number:
LP23485
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
10,049
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Chevalier Fabien des Grieux, who has forsworn the world for the church, falls passionately in love with young Manon Lescaut when he encounters her en route to a convent with her brother André. The lustful Comte Guillot de Morfontaine offers André a tempting sum for Manon, and learning of their bargain, Fabien takes her to Paris, where they spend an idyllic week in a garret. André finds her, persuades her to leave Fabien, and tries to force her into an alliance with Morfontaine--then rescues Manon from the advances of a brutal apache. Fabien, crushed to believe that Manon has become Morfontaine's mistress, is about to take his vows but is deterred by her love for him. King Louis sees Manon in Richelieu's drawing room and wins her. The rejected Morfontaine orders her arrest and deportation, but he is killed by Fabien, who joins Manon on a convict ship bound for America. After inciting the convicts to mutiny, he escapes with her in a small ... +


Chevalier Fabien des Grieux, who has forsworn the world for the church, falls passionately in love with young Manon Lescaut when he encounters her en route to a convent with her brother André. The lustful Comte Guillot de Morfontaine offers André a tempting sum for Manon, and learning of their bargain, Fabien takes her to Paris, where they spend an idyllic week in a garret. André finds her, persuades her to leave Fabien, and tries to force her into an alliance with Morfontaine--then rescues Manon from the advances of a brutal apache. Fabien, crushed to believe that Manon has become Morfontaine's mistress, is about to take his vows but is deterred by her love for him. King Louis sees Manon in Richelieu's drawing room and wins her. The rejected Morfontaine orders her arrest and deportation, but he is killed by Fabien, who joins Manon on a convict ship bound for America. After inciting the convicts to mutiny, he escapes with her in a small boat. +

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