Beyond the Rainbow

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Beyond the Rainbow
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Directed by Christy Cabanne
Written by Christy Cabanne
Loila Brooks (adaptation)
Eustace Hale Ball (adaptation)
Based on "The Price of Feathers"
by Solita Solano
Starring Harry T. Morey
Billie Dove
Clara Bow
Cinematography Philip Armand
William H. Tuers
Distributed by Robertson-Cole Pictures
Release date
  • February 19, 1922 (1922-02-19) (United States)
Running time
65 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Beyond the Rainbow is a 1922 American silent drama film starring Billie Dove and Harry T. Morey. The film is also notable as the first film actress Clara Bow appeared in.[1] A 16mm print of the film is in the collection of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.


Virginia Gardner, a flapper girl, is left out of a fashionable party thrown by her mother (Helen Ware). To get revenge, she plays a joke by passing out notes to some of the guests reading, "Consult your conscience. Your secret is common gossip." This message sends a number of people into a panic during the party, and a shot rings out, wounding one of the men. When the mystery is cleared up, Marion Taylor (Billie Dove) and Edward Mallory (Harry Morey) have fallen in love.[2]


left to right: Helen Ware, George Fawcett and Clara Bow

Production notes[edit]

Clara Bow made her film debut in Beyond the Rainbow after winning a beauty and acting magazine sponsored contest. She filmed five scenes but, after seeing the film in Brooklyn, thought that she was cut from the film. Bow was devastated and put temporarily her acting ambitions aside.[3] However, newspaper advertisements and editorial comments suggests she was not cut at all, at least not from the main release.[4][5]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Beyond the Rainbow at the
  2. ^ Synopsis at New York Times Movie Database
  3. ^ Photoplay magazine (February 1928)
  4. ^ Oakland Tribune, June 5, 1922
  5. ^ Weekly Variety, November 10, 1922

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