The Conquering Power (1921)

Drama | 21 November 1921

Director:

Rex Ingram

Producer:

Rex Ingram

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Production Company:

Metro Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Although based on Honorè de Balzac’s 1833 novel, Eugénie Grandet, the 17 Jun 1921 Var announced that director Rex Ingram’s next feature film would be released under the title, The Conquering Power. An earlier adaptation of Eugénie Grandet was produced by the Eclair Film Co. in 1910 (see entry). The 12 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review noted that June Mathis’s scenario remained faithful to the source material except for the ending, which had been changed for the screen. For the look of the film Ingram researched French architecture and consulted poster artist and magazine illustrator Ralph Barton, as reported by the 4 Jun 1921 Motion Picture News.
       A 14 May 1921 Motion Picture News item noted that nearly all the principal cast members had previously worked with Ingram on his most recent feature, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921, see entry)--most notably Alice Terry, who married Ingram shortly after the production of The Conquering Power. An item in the 17 Dec 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review also named Andrée Tourneur among the supporting players, while the 18 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World stated that Mayme Krame, a businesswoman from Omaha, NE, had won a small role through a popularity contest conducted by her local newspaper in conjunction with Metro Pictures Corp.
       The 11 Jun 1921 Motion Picture News estimated that filming would be completed in approximately ten days.
       On the East Coast, the 12 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review stated that the film played “to capacity” at both the Rialto and Rivoli theatres ... More Less

Although based on Honorè de Balzac’s 1833 novel, Eugénie Grandet, the 17 Jun 1921 Var announced that director Rex Ingram’s next feature film would be released under the title, The Conquering Power. An earlier adaptation of Eugénie Grandet was produced by the Eclair Film Co. in 1910 (see entry). The 12 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review noted that June Mathis’s scenario remained faithful to the source material except for the ending, which had been changed for the screen. For the look of the film Ingram researched French architecture and consulted poster artist and magazine illustrator Ralph Barton, as reported by the 4 Jun 1921 Motion Picture News.
       A 14 May 1921 Motion Picture News item noted that nearly all the principal cast members had previously worked with Ingram on his most recent feature, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921, see entry)--most notably Alice Terry, who married Ingram shortly after the production of The Conquering Power. An item in the 17 Dec 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review also named Andrée Tourneur among the supporting players, while the 18 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World stated that Mayme Krame, a businesswoman from Omaha, NE, had won a small role through a popularity contest conducted by her local newspaper in conjunction with Metro Pictures Corp.
       The 11 Jun 1921 Motion Picture News estimated that filming would be completed in approximately ten days.
       On the East Coast, the 12 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review stated that the film played “to capacity” at both the Rialto and Rivoli theatres in New York City during the summer of 1921. The Los Angeles, CA, premiere was held at the Mission Theatre in early or mid-Sep 1921, as reported by the 17 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World. A 29 Oct 1921 Moving Picture World item indicated that general release was scheduled for 21 Nov 1921. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
12 Nov 1921
p. 1658.
Exhibitors Trade Review
17 Dec 1921
p. 164.
Motion Picture News
14 May 1921
p. 3071.
Motion Picture News
28 May 1921
p. 3311.
Motion Picture News
4 Jun 1921
p. 3442.
Motion Picture News
11 Jun 1921
p. 3576.
Moving Picture World
18 Jun 1921
p. 702.
Moving Picture World
17 Sep 1921
p. 307.
Moving Picture World
29 Oct 1921
p. 1059.
New York Times
10 Jul 1921.
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The Photodramatist
Jun 1921
p. 27.
Variety
17 Jun 1921
p. 68.
Variety
8 Jul 1921
p. 27.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 November 1921
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: ca8 July 1921
Los Angeles premiere: early or mid-September 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures
Copyright Date:
28 November 1921
Copyright Number:
LP17258
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Monsieur Grandet, the wealthiest man in his province, forces his wife and daughter, Eugénie, to submit to the regime of mean poverty. Because of her wealth, Eugénie attracts aspiring suitors Cruchot de Bonfons, a minor magistrate, and Alphonse des Grassins, son of a local banker. Grandet's nephew Charles, a wealthy young dandy, arrives from Paris with news of his father's suicide and falls in love with Eugénie, with whom he exchanges vows before leaving for Martinique to repair his fortune. Père Grandet intercepts their letters and locks up Eugénie after learning that she has lent Charles money for his voyage. His mind affected by the death of his wife, Grandet is trapped while contemplating his money and in his efforts to escape is killed by a chest of gold. Eugénie is about to sign a marriage contract with Cruchot when Charles arrives to claim ... +


Monsieur Grandet, the wealthiest man in his province, forces his wife and daughter, Eugénie, to submit to the regime of mean poverty. Because of her wealth, Eugénie attracts aspiring suitors Cruchot de Bonfons, a minor magistrate, and Alphonse des Grassins, son of a local banker. Grandet's nephew Charles, a wealthy young dandy, arrives from Paris with news of his father's suicide and falls in love with Eugénie, with whom he exchanges vows before leaving for Martinique to repair his fortune. Père Grandet intercepts their letters and locks up Eugénie after learning that she has lent Charles money for his voyage. His mind affected by the death of his wife, Grandet is trapped while contemplating his money and in his efforts to escape is killed by a chest of gold. Eugénie is about to sign a marriage contract with Cruchot when Charles arrives to claim her. +

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