Her name was Marion Davies, one the great stars of the silent era, but she was perhaps best known for her long-standing relationship with William Randolph Hearst and the lavish, star-studded parties that the couple hosted at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.
This past week, Undercrank Productions, a specialist is the restoration of silent films, announced that three of her films from the early 1920s will be making their home entertainment debuts on July 25.
Key among these is director Robert G. Vignola’s 1922 film adaptation of Charles Major’s turn of the century best-selling novel, When Knighthood Was In Flower. Working with the Library of Congress, Ben Model’s Undercrank Productions will be making a new 2K scan (from a surviving 35mm nitrate print) of the film, which will be made available for the first time to the home entertainment marketplace as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. A new theatre organ score is also provided by Model.
Davies stars as Mary Tudor, sister to King Henry VIII (Lyn Harding), who is in love with a commoner (played by Forrest Stanley), but her brother has other plans for her … a marriage to the King of France!
Also heading home — as DVD-only releases — are The Bride's Play (1922, direction by George Terwilliger, co-starring John B. O'Brien and Frank Shannon) and Beauty's Worth (1922, Vignola also directs and Forrest Stanley is once again her co-star).