~The Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse~
~Plot Synopsis~
The mystical novels of Vicente Blasco-Ibanez were much prized by ambitious silent filmmaker Rex
Ingram, who filmed two of them in the 1920s, both ostensibly vehicles for his actress wife Alice Terry.
The first of the two, Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, was infinitely more successful than the second
(Mare Nostrum), a fact that can be attributed to two little words: Rudolph Valentino. The quintessential
Latin Lover stars as Julio, the scion of a wealthy Argentinian family. During the years prior to World War
I, Julio's relatives relocate to Germany and France, with Julio opting for the latter country, where he
opens an art studio. Here he carries on a torrid affair with Alice Terry, the wife of an attorney. When
World War I breaks out, Terry joins the Red Cross and her husband enlists in the army, while the
carefree Julio avoids involvement in the conflict. Only when visited by the spectres of the Four
Horseman--war, conquest, famine, and death--does Julio don a uniform. His death is a symbolic sacrifice
on behalf of Ms. Terry, whose husband has been blinded in the war: and, in an additional symbolic
grace-note, Julio dies at the hands of his own cousin, now a German officer. The film's Big Money
sequence was the one in which Rudolph Valentino danced the forbidden tango in a dingy, smoke-filled
Argentinian cantina. That's what made him a star, not all that mumbo-jumbo about fate, destiny, and
Four Horsemen. Proof that Valentino and not Blasco-Ibanez was the principal drawing card of this film
was the 1962 remake, in which Glenn Ford portrays Julio.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Rex Ingram

Written by:
June Mathis - screenplay

Based on the novel "Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis," by Vicente Blasco

Pomeroy Cannon ...  Madariaga
Josef Swickard ...  Marcelo Desnoyers
Bridgetta Clark ...  Doña Luisa
Rudolph Valentino ...  Julio Desnoyers
Virginia Warwick ...  Chichí
Alan Hale ...  Karl von Hartrott
Mabel Van Buren ...  Elena
Stuart Holmes ...  Otto von Hartrott
John St. Polis ...  Etienne Laurier (as John Sainpolis)
Alice Terry ...  Marguerite Laurier
Mark Fenton ...  Senator Lacour
Derek Ghent ...  René Lacour
Nigel De Brulier ...  Tchernoff (as Nigel de Brulier)
Bowditch M. Turner ...  Argensola (as Brodwitch Turner)
Edward Connelly ...  Lodgekeeper
Wallace Beery ...  Lieut. Col. von Richthosen
Harry Northrup ...  The General
Arthur Hoyt ...  Lieut. Schnitz
Jacques D'Auray ...  Captain d'Aubrey (uncredited)
Claire de Lorez ...  Mademoiselle Lucette - a Model (uncredited)
Rose Dione ...  Flag Bearer (uncredited)
Beatrice Dominguez ...  Dancer (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ...  French Mother Bidding Farewell (uncredited)
John George ...  Ranchhand in Argentina (uncredited)
Jean Hersholt ...  Professor von Hartrott (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ...  Conquest (uncredited)
Isabelle Keith ...  German Woman (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kathleen Key ...  Georgette (uncredited)
Henry Klaus ...  Heinrich von Hartrott (uncredited)
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...  German Woman's Husband (uncredited)
Minnehaha ...  The Old Nurse (uncredited)
Bull Montana ...  The French Butler (uncredited)
Ramon Novarro ...  Guest at Ball (uncredited)
Curt Rehfeld ...  Major Blumhardt (uncredited)
Brinsley Shaw ...  Celendonio (uncredited)
Georgia Woodthorpe ...  Lodgekeeper's Wife (uncredited)
Rudolph Valentino, Mabel Van Buren and Alice
Terry on the set
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Metro Pictures Corporation

Cinematography by: John F. Seitz
Film Editor: Grant Whytock
Art Direction by: Joseph Calder & Amos Myers
Production Manager; Sterrett Ford
Assistant Unit Producer: Dave Friedman
Assistant Director: Walter Mayo
Art Titles: Jack W. Robson
Assistant Cameras: Hal Mohr & Cliff Shirpser
Still Photographer: Arthur F. Rice
Second Unit Camera: Jack Wagner
Technical Staff: Joseph Calder & Amos Myers
Supervised by: Rex Ingram
Production Assistant: Roger Heman Sr.

Length: 11 Reels
Runtime: 133 Minutes
Released: March 1921
South American Scenes filmed in Gilmore Ranch, Fairfax, Los Angeles, California, USA