The Impossible Mrs. Bellew (1922)

Melodrama | 26 November 1922

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HISTORY

A studio chart in the 12 Aug 1922 Camera noted that The Impossible Mrs. Bellew was in its eighth week of production.
       The 29 Oct 1922 FD review was unsparing in its criticism, calling the film "as 'impossible' as Mrs. Bellew is supposed to be," and deeming the story "very poor" and Sam Wood's direction "only fair." One possibility may have been that the elements that made the novel a sensation "have either been eliminated or toned down by the censor." ...

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A studio chart in the 12 Aug 1922 Camera noted that The Impossible Mrs. Bellew was in its eighth week of production.
       The 29 Oct 1922 FD review was unsparing in its criticism, calling the film "as 'impossible' as Mrs. Bellew is supposed to be," and deeming the story "very poor" and Sam Wood's direction "only fair." One possibility may have been that the elements that made the novel a sensation "have either been eliminated or toned down by the censor."

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
12 Aug 1922
p. 11
Film Daily
29 Oct 1922
p. 7
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 November 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 22 Oct 1922
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
28 October 1922
LP18363
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,155
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Lance Bellew ignores his wife, Betty, for his mistress, Naomi Templeton, but becomes so enraged when he finds Betty in the company of family friend Jerry Woodruff that he shoots him. For the good of her son, Betty does not contest Lance's plea of just cause and self-defense. A jury agrees with Lance, and Betty's reputation is ruined. After the court takes away her son, Betty travels to France, becomes friends with author John Helstan, but agrees with his father that she should break off the relationship for John's own good. John believes Betty to be a good woman, but changes his mind when he witnesses her behavior at a party given by Count Radisloff. Meanwhile, Lance and his Aunt Agatha have had a change of heart. Aunt Agatha takes Lance, Jr., to France, and John hears the truth in time to rescue Betty from the ...

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Lance Bellew ignores his wife, Betty, for his mistress, Naomi Templeton, but becomes so enraged when he finds Betty in the company of family friend Jerry Woodruff that he shoots him. For the good of her son, Betty does not contest Lance's plea of just cause and self-defense. A jury agrees with Lance, and Betty's reputation is ruined. After the court takes away her son, Betty travels to France, becomes friends with author John Helstan, but agrees with his father that she should break off the relationship for John's own good. John believes Betty to be a good woman, but changes his mind when he witnesses her behavior at a party given by Count Radisloff. Meanwhile, Lance and his Aunt Agatha have had a change of heart. Aunt Agatha takes Lance, Jr., to France, and John hears the truth in time to rescue Betty from the count.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

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

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