~The Recoil~
~Promotional Photograph from The California
Theater promoting the screening of the film "The
Recoil," in 1924~
~Plot Synopsis~
A lot of money was spent on this romantic melodrama -- enough so that part of it was actually filmed in
France. Then again, the owner of the production company, Cosmopolitan, was William Randolph Hearst,
who had a lot of money to throw around. After spending 20 years in the South American mines, Gordon
Kent (Mahlon Hamilton) comes to Paris, cashes everything in and celebrates his return to civilization. He
falls for Norma Selbee (Betty Blythe), a pretty but penniless American girl, and convinces her to marry
him. Norma, however, isn't satisfied with the match and runs off with Laurence Marchmont (Clive Brook).
Kent chases after them, and, through a detective (Fred Paul), finds out that Marchmont has a criminal
past and Norma has a husband back in America. When he finally tracks down the runaway pair, he
decrees that they shall live together the rest of their lives -- then spends all his money to keep an eye on
them. Marchmont and Norma come to hate each other and find the constant surveillance unbearable. Jim
Selbee, Norma's husband (Ernest Hilliard), then shows up and tries to blackmail Kent, but Norma finds
out about his scheme and warns Kent. Marchmont kills Selbee, and Norma realizes she really loves Kent
after all. Kent begs forgiveness for what he did to her, and they go to South America together. This
picture, based on a story by Rex Beach, bore no relation to the 1917 film by the same name.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: T. Hayes Hunter

Written by: Gerald C. Duffy

Based on a story by Rex Beach.

Mahlon Hamilton ...  Gordon Kent
Betty Blythe ...  Norma Selbee
Clive Brook ...  Marchmont
Fred Paul ...  William Southern
Ernest Hilliard ...  Jim Selbee
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Goldwyn Pictures Corporation

Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corporation

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: April 27, 1924
Filmed on location in Paris, France, Casino de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Casino Square,
Monte Carlo, Monaco and Monte Carlo, Monaco