The Fatal Hour (1920)

Drama | 1 November 1920

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Marriage of Mayfair . A set representing the Wakefield Tower and the Bloody Tower of the Tower of London was constructed on the Waterfront at Stamford, CT. Scenes showing the Henley Regatta in England, the arrival there of King George V and Queen Mary, and panoramas of the Thames were intercut with scenes shot on the Long Island Sound at ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Marriage of Mayfair . A set representing the Wakefield Tower and the Bloody Tower of the Tower of London was constructed on the Waterfront at Stamford, CT. Scenes showing the Henley Regatta in England, the arrival there of King George V and Queen Mary, and panoramas of the Thames were intercut with scenes shot on the Long Island Sound at Stamford. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Nov 20
p. 2483.
MPN
13 Nov 20
p. 3817.
MPW
13 Nov 20
p. 251.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Marriages of Mayfair
Release Date:
1 November 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 November 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15774
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When the Marquis of Deerminister dies, his nephew Nigel Villiers inherits the title, but Jim Callender, Nigel's enemy, decides to deprive him of the position. Among Callender's acquaintances is Lord Dolly, an uncle of Nigel, who schemes with Callender to prove that Nigel's father married his mother before the death of his first wife, thereby invalidating Nigel's title, which would then descend to Lord Dolly. Also as part of his revenge, Callender plots to blackmail Dudley Gore, brother of Nigel's sweetheart Dorothy, into stealing the crown jewels. To prove his ancestry, Nigel journeys to the monastery in Switzerland that contains his family records. Once there, he meets Callender, who has already purloined the documents. Dorothy arrives soon after and attempts to detain Callender while Nigel wrestles the papers from him. Callender falls to his death, and the papers and the jewels are returned to their rightful ... +


When the Marquis of Deerminister dies, his nephew Nigel Villiers inherits the title, but Jim Callender, Nigel's enemy, decides to deprive him of the position. Among Callender's acquaintances is Lord Dolly, an uncle of Nigel, who schemes with Callender to prove that Nigel's father married his mother before the death of his first wife, thereby invalidating Nigel's title, which would then descend to Lord Dolly. Also as part of his revenge, Callender plots to blackmail Dudley Gore, brother of Nigel's sweetheart Dorothy, into stealing the crown jewels. To prove his ancestry, Nigel journeys to the monastery in Switzerland that contains his family records. Once there, he meets Callender, who has already purloined the documents. Dorothy arrives soon after and attempts to detain Callender while Nigel wrestles the papers from him. Callender falls to his death, and the papers and the jewels are returned to their rightful heirs. +

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

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