A Million Bid

Michael Curtiz

Tit. It.: “Lo Sconosciuto Del Mare”; Scen.: Robert Dillon, Dalla Commedia Omonima Di George Cameron; F.: Hal Mohr; Int.: Dolores Costello (Dorothy Gordon), Warner Oland (Geoffrey Marsh), Malcom Mcgregor (Dr. Robert Brent), Betty Blythe (Mrs. Gordon), William Demarest (George Lamont), Douglas Gerrard (Lord Bobby Vane), Grace Gordon (La Ragazza Di Gordon); Prod.: Warner Bros.; 35mm. L.: 1925 M. D.: 106’ A 16 F/S. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Dorothy Gordon, in love with doctor Robert Brent, is forced to marry the wealthy Geoffrey Marsh by her mother. The two are shipwrecked. Marsh is thought to have died whilst Dorothy saves herself. After recovering she marries Dr. Brent, who wants to try an experiment to cure a man suffering from amnesia. Dorothy recognises the man as being Geoffrey who, upon regaining his memory, decides to say nothing and leaves the two lovers to live their lives together. One of the high lights of this picture is where Miss Costello is about to be married to a scheming millionaire, while her old sweetheart is on a train speeding toward London. Mr. Curtiz thus has the chance to contrast the rustle of bridal finery with the roar of a locomotive’s wheels. Miss Costello is fair, but slow in this feature. She sometimes has to pose as if she were having a picture taken by an amateur in Central Park. Warner Oland, one of the few screen villains who has not listened to the call of comedy, is excellent.

“New York Times”, 31.5.1927

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