~The Bridge of San Luis Rey~
1929
~411-156: Earnest Torrence & Lili Damita~
~Plot Synopsis~
The first of two film versions of Thornton Wilder's novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey begins at the end.
The titular bridge, which stands in 18th-century Peru, collapses, killing five people. The natives believe
that the bridge's destruction was the result of Divine intervention. Using this as a cue, the film flashes
back on the lives of the five victims, allowing the audience to determine whether or not their deaths were
deserved. Top-billed as a wanton Spanish dancer/courtesan is Lily Damita, who later gave up her career
to become the first wife of Errol Flynn. Originally a silent film, Bridge of San Luis Rey was hastily fitted
with an opening and closing reel of dialogue to take advantage of the "all-talkie" craze of 1929. The film
was remade in 1945, with perennial "other woman" Lynn Bari in the Lily Damita role.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Charles Brabin

Written by:  
Marian Ainslee - writer
Ruth Cummings - writer
Alice D.G. Miller - writer

Based on the novel  The Bridge of San Luis Rey  by Thornton Wilder (New
York, 1927).
~Cast~

Lili Damita ...  Camila (La Perichole)
Ernest Torrence ...  Uncle Pio
Raquel Torres ...  Pepita
Don Alvarado ...  Manuel
Duncan Renaldo ...  Esteban
Henry B. Walthall ...  Father Juniper
Michael Vavitch ...  Viceroy
Emily Fitzroy ...  Marquesa
Jane Winton ...  Doña Carla
Gordon Thorpe ...  Jaime
Mitchell Lewis ...  Capt. Alvarado
Paul Ellis ...  Don Vicente
Eugenie Besserer ...  A nun
Tully Marshall ...  A townsman
Kit Wain ...  Acolyte
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Produced by: Hunt Stromberg  
Original Music by:
Carli Elinor & Peter Brunelli (uncredited)
Cinematography by: Merritt B. Gerstad
Film Editing by: Margaret Booth  
Art Direction by: Cedric Gibbons    
Costume Design by: Adrian    
Musical Director:
Carli Elinor (uncredited)

Length: 10 Reels
Runtime: 86 Minutes
Released: March 30, 1929
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