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The Conquering Power (1921)

TV-G | | Drama, Romance | 8 July 1921 (USA)
After losing his father, a playboy moves in with his miserly uncle, who seeks to cheat him out of his inheritance.

Director:

Rex Ingram

Writers:

June Mathis, Honoré de Balzac (story "Eugénie Grandet")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alice Terry ... Eugenie Grandet
Rudolph Valentino ... Charles Grandet
Ralph Lewis ... Pere Grandet
Carrie Daumery ... Mere Grandet (as Edna Demaurey)
Bridgetta Clark Bridgetta Clark ... Madame des Grassins
Mark Fenton Mark Fenton ... Monsieur des Grassins
Ward Wing Ward Wing ... Adolphe des Grassins
Eric Mayne ... Victor Grandet
Edward Connelly ... Notary Cruchot
George Atkinson George Atkinson ... Bonfons Cruchot
Willard Lee Hall Willard Lee Hall ... Abbé Cruchot
Mary Hearn Mary Hearn ... Nanon
Eugene Pouyet Eugene Pouyet ... Cornoiller
Andrée Tourneur Andrée Tourneur ... Annette
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Storyline

Young playboy Charles Grandet is sent to live with his miserly uncle after his father loses his fortune. He and his cousin Eugenie fall in love, but his uncle sends him away and tries to arrange a marriage more to his liking (and profit!). Will true love triumph? Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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Drama | Romance

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TV-G
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

8 July 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eugenie Grandet See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Comedic actor Bynunsky Hyman can be seen briefly cutting his toenails in the street See more »

Quotes

Pere Grandet: Gold! You are rich in beauty my Eugenie, with hair to match the precious metal.
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Alternate Versions

A silent version with an uncredited piano accompaniment has been shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel. It has Turner and MGM front ends and runs 90 minutes. The only crew credits are for the director and writer Balzac, and the only cast credits are for Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry, in that order. See more »

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Version of Eugénie Grandet (1956) See more »

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An Alice Terry Tour de Force
7 October 2006 | by sunlilySee all my reviews

I've just watched the Alice Terry, Valentino movie The Conquering Power. While I enjoyed the movie, it didn't have the power and emotional scale of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The story is about the power of love over seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

The focus here is on the director's wife, Alice Terry, and she's up for the challenge, her lovely face registering a myriad of emotions, but it seemed unrealistic that she fell in love with her own cousin played by Valentino so quickly, that she was willing to wait for him as years passed without word as she was subjected to so much abuse from her father.

The morality angle about the obsession of greed and the way it's depicted as a monster that eventually crushes the person obsessed, really reminded me very much of the movie Greed, but in a much smaller, more intimate little film.

You can tell that there must have been some falling out between the director Rex Ingram and Valentino, as his part is very small and secondary, as compared to the earlier film Horsemen. They never made another picture together, which was a shame. Valentino never got another director who was willing to take the same kinds of risks with him.


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