Flames of Passion

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Flames of Passion
Directed by Graham Cutts
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Written by Herbert Wilcox
M. V. Wilcox
Starring Mae Marsh
C. Aubrey Smith
Cinematography René Guissart
Production
company
Graham-Wilcox Productions
Distributed by Astra Film
Release date
November 1922
Running time
9 reels
Country United Kingdom
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Flames of Passion (1922) was a British silent film drama directed by Graham Cutts, starred Mae Marsh and C. Aubrey Smith.

The film was made by the newly formed Graham-Wilcox Productions company, a joint venture between Cutts and producer Herbert Wilcox. The entrepreneurial Wilcox tempted American star Marsh to England with a high salary offer, believing this would improve the film's marketability in the U.S.[1] She was paid ₤1,000 a week.[2]

The gamble paid off as it became the first post-war British film to be sold to the U.S. The final reel of the film was filmed in the bi-pack color process Prizma Color.[3]

Plot[edit]

The wife of a wealthy barrister seduces her chauffeur, with whom she falls in love. She gives birth to a baby, apparently without her husband knowing anything about her pregnancy.

The child is killed by the chauffeur during a car accident—he was visibly drunk when driving. The result is a showpiece trial at the Old Bailey, presumably of the chauffeur on a charge of infanticide, in which the woman at first tries to protect her lover, but is forced finally under cross-examination to make a dramatic public confession that the dead infant was hers. By the end of the film, she returns to her husband.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Flames of Passion proved controversial with critics, many of whom found the subject matter lurid, sensationalist and distasteful. Cinemagoers had no such qualms, and turned the film into a big box-office hit, Wilcox's first commercial success.[3]

This was the first British film to be sold for distribution in the United States following World War I where it was shown under the title A Woman's Secret.[4]

Preservation status[edit]

This is now considered a lost film.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Herbert Wilcox BFI Screen Online. Retrieved 21-09-2010
  2. ^ "Anna Neagle's Herbert Takes On A New Star". Truth (2756). Queensland, Australia. 18 January 1953. p. 22. Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ a b Graham Cutts BFI Screen Online. Retrieved 21-09-2010
  4. ^ Waldman, Harry (1994). Beyond Hollywood's Grasp: American Filmmakers Abroad, 1914-1945. Scarecrow Press. p. 123. ISBN 0-8108-2841-3. 

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