The Great Moment (1921 film)

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The Great Moment
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sam Wood
Produced by Jesse L. Lasky
Written by Monte Katterjohn (scenario)
Story by Elinor Glyn
Starring Gloria Swanson
Alec B. Francis
Milton Sills
Cinematography Alfred Gilks
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • September 4, 1921 (1921-09-04)
Running time
70 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Great Moment is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gloria Swanson, Alec B. Francis and Milton Sills. The film is now considered lost though a fragment still exists and is preserved at the BFI National Archive.[1][2]


Sir Edward Pelham, who has married a Russian Gypsy, fears that his daughter will follow in her mother's footsteps and arranges a marriage with her cousin, whom she does not love. During a trip to Nevada with her father, she meets engineer Bayard Delavel, who saves her life when she is bitten by a snake; when her father finds her with Bayard in his cabin, he forces them to marry. Believing that Nadine does not love him, Delavel leaves her and prepares to sue for divorce. In Washington, Nadine is reconciled with her father and agrees to marry Hopper, a millionaire; she meets Delavel on the night of her engagement ball, however, and the lovers are reunited.



  1. ^ Shearer, Stephen Michael (2013). Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. Macmillan. p. 70. ISBN 1-250-00155-2. 
  2. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Great Moment

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