His Hour

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His Hour
His Hour lobby card.jpg
Lobby card
Directed by King Vidor
Produced by Irving Thalberg
Written by Maude Fulton (intertitles)
Elinor Glyn
King Vidor (intertitles)
Starring Aileen Pringle
Cinematography John J. Mescall
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • September 29, 1924 (1924-09-29)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget $197,000[1]
Box office $595,000[1]

His Hour is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by King Vidor.[2] This film was the follow-up to Samuel Goldwyn's Three Weeks, written by Elinor Glyn, and starring Aileen Pringle, one of the biggest moneymakers at the time of the amalgamation.

Plot[edit]

Gritzko (John Gilbert) is a Russian nobleman and Tamara (Aileen Pringle) is the object of his desire.

Cast[edit]

Preservation status[edit]

  • A print is preserved at the Museum of Modern Art.

Production[edit]

A former officer of the Russian Imperial Army, by now living in Los Angeles, served as a technical adviser on the film. His actual name has not been confirmed, however the studio press releases referred to him as Mike Mitchell. This film marked the first of four times that John Gilbert and King Vidor would work together. Despite showcasing his riding ability and appearance, Gilbert hated the script and felt it gave him nothing substantial to do as an actor.[3]

Reception[edit]

According to MGM's records, the film made a profit of $159,000.[1]

MGM sent Elinor Glynn records which stated the film cost $211,930 and earned $317,442 resulting in a profit of only $105,511. This meant Glynn, who was entitled to 33.3% of net profits, earned $35,170.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c H. Mark Glancy, 'MGM Film Grosses, 1924-28: The Eddie Mannix Ledger', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 12 No. 2 1992 p127-144 at p129
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: His Hour". silentera.com. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ Golden, Eve; John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars; Lexington: University of Kentucky Press; pp. 81-82
  4. ^ "The Novelist as Hollywood Star: Author Royalties and Studio Income in the 1920s" by Vincent L. Barnett, Film History Vol. 20, No. 3, Studio Systems (2008), pp. 281-293

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