The Garden of Allah (1927)

96 mins | Romance | 5 November 1927

Director:

Rex Ingram

Writer:

Willis Goldbeck

Editor:

Arthur Ellis

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to reviews, the picture was filmed in North African locations, including Biskra, Algeria. Robert Smythe Hichens' novel also was the basis of a 1916 Selig picture directed by Colin Campbell and starring Helen Ware and Tom Santschi. Another adaptation was the 1936 Selznick production of The Garden of Allah , directed by Richard Boleslawki and starring Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer (see entries above and ... More Less

According to reviews, the picture was filmed in North African locations, including Biskra, Algeria. Robert Smythe Hichens' novel also was the basis of a 1916 Selig picture directed by Colin Campbell and starring Helen Ware and Tom Santschi. Another adaptation was the 1936 Selznick production of The Garden of Allah , directed by Richard Boleslawki and starring Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer (see entries above and below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 Sep 1927
p. 6.
MPW
10 Sep 1927
p. 113.
New York Times
3 Sep 1927
p. 13.
New York Times
11 Sep 1927
Sec. VIII, p. 5.
Photoplay
Nov 1927
p. 54.
Variety
7 Sep 1927
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Supv
WRITERS
Scr adpt
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Settings
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Ch tech
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Garden of Allah by Robert Smythe Hichens (London, 1904).
SONGS
"Only God and I Know What Is in My Heart," composer undetermined.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 November 1927
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 2 September 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 November 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24611
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
96
Length(in feet):
8,500
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Father Adrien, by taking the vow of silence, constant prayer, and chastity, gains entrance to the Trappist Monastery of Notre Dame d'Afrique in Algeria. While clearing a tree from the monastery wall, he accidentally knocks a young girl unconscious, and on reviving she intrigues him into an embrace; his sin is reported by an onlooker and he is forced to undergo penance; but the beauty of woman and the outside world entice him to renounce his vows and escape into the desert, resuming his secular name, Androvsky. En route to the oasis of Beni-Mora, he encounters Domini Enfilden, a deeply religious girl, and rescues her from a Bedouin riot. At a party in the gardens of Count Anteoni, she notes his fear of the cross and of priests, and he breaks away, frightened by a sand-diviner. In face of warnings, Domini marries Androvsky, and they go into the desert; Anteoni realizes his true identity but agrees to keep it secret. During a sandstorm, Androvsky confesses to having broken his vows and returns to the monastery to do penance. Years later, Domini sings to their son a song of freed Bedouin slaves: "Only God and I know what is in my ... +


Father Adrien, by taking the vow of silence, constant prayer, and chastity, gains entrance to the Trappist Monastery of Notre Dame d'Afrique in Algeria. While clearing a tree from the monastery wall, he accidentally knocks a young girl unconscious, and on reviving she intrigues him into an embrace; his sin is reported by an onlooker and he is forced to undergo penance; but the beauty of woman and the outside world entice him to renounce his vows and escape into the desert, resuming his secular name, Androvsky. En route to the oasis of Beni-Mora, he encounters Domini Enfilden, a deeply religious girl, and rescues her from a Bedouin riot. At a party in the gardens of Count Anteoni, she notes his fear of the cross and of priests, and he breaks away, frightened by a sand-diviner. In face of warnings, Domini marries Androvsky, and they go into the desert; Anteoni realizes his true identity but agrees to keep it secret. During a sandstorm, Androvsky confesses to having broken his vows and returns to the monastery to do penance. Years later, Domini sings to their son a song of freed Bedouin slaves: "Only God and I know what is in my heart." +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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