Three Weeks (film)
|Directed by||Alan Crosland|
|Produced by||Samuel Goldwyn|
|Written by||Carey Wilson|
|Based on||Three Weeks|
by Elinor Glyn
|Cinematography||John J. Mescall|
|Distributed by||Goldwyn Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Three Weeks is a 1924 American drama film directed by Alan Crosland. The movie is based on the 1907 novel of the same name by Elinor Glyn. Formerly a lost film, the FIAF database indicates a print is preserved by Russia's Gosfilmofond.
The novel had previously been made into the American film in 1914, directed by Perry N. Vekroff and starring Madlaine Traverse and George C. Pearce, and in a 1917 Hungarian film titled Három hét that was directed by Márton Garas. The 1924 production was the first to be authorized and supervised by Glyn, which was noted in advertising for the film.
The Queen of Sardalia is in a bad marriage with the brutal King Constantine II. She decides to get away from her normal life for a period and goes on vacation to Switzerland. There, she meets Paul Verdayne. They have an affair, which lasts for three weeks.
- Aileen Pringle as The Queen
- Conrad Nagel as Paul Verdayne
- John St. Polis as The King
- H. Reeves-Smith as Sir Charles Verdayne
- Stuart Holmes as Petrovich
- Mitchell Lewis as Vassili
- Robert Cain as Verchoff
- Nigel De Brulier as Dimitri
- Claire de Lorez as Mitze
- Dale Fuller as Anna
- Helen Dunbar as Lady Henrietta Verdayne
- Alan Crosland Jr. as Young King of Sardalia
- Joan Standing as Isabella
- William Haines as Curate
- George Tustain as Captain of the Guards
For a well known scene from the novel involving the Queen and a tiger skin, Glyn's script states that, rather than describing it, she would enact it for director Crosland on the set. In the film, the Queen is lying on a tiger skin provided by Paul when he comes into the room. She tells him to sit in a chair and then, shown from Paul's point of view, the Queen spreads herself on the tiger skin, runs her hands through the fur, arches her back, and closes her eyes, signifying her agreement to their affair.
According to contemporary records, the film made a profit of $162,825.23. Glyn was entitled to 40% of the profits and earned $65,130.
- "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
- Progressive Silent Film List: Three Weeks at silentera.com
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Three Weeks
- Internet Movie Database Overview of the 1914 version
- Horak, Laura (2010). ""Would You Like to Sin With Elinor Glyn?" Film As a Vehicle of Sensual Education". Camera Obscura. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 25 (2): 75–117. doi:10.1215/02705346-2010-003. ISSN 1529-1510. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
- New York Times Overview (plot)
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