~When Knighthood Was In Flower~
~35-130Marion Davies & Lyn Harding~
~Plot Synopsis~
Film critics (at least those who weren't employed by the Hearst Corporation) frequently complained
about the amount of money newspaper magnate and motion picture producer William Randolph Hearst
spent on the pictures starring his companion Marion Davies. When it came to this historical adventure,
they certainly had fodder to lambaste the film; it cost 1.5 million dollars, a real fortune in 1922 cash. But
in spite of the over-inflated budget, critics had to admit that even at a lengthy 12 reels, this was solid
entertainment -- and Davies was good in it. The picture was based on the novel by Charles Major, and
what it lacked in historical accuracy it certainly made up for in the sumptuous Joseph Urban sets. Mary
Tudor (Davies), the younger sister of King Henry VIII (Lyn Harding), falls in love with commoner Charles
Brandon (Forrest Stanley). There are other plans for Mary, however; she is supposed to make a
politically strategic marriage to the elderly King Louis XII of France (William Norris). Brandon is framed
for murder, but Mary, disguised as a boy, helps him to escape. Henry tracks down his sister and her lover
at a Bristol Inn, and Mary agrees to wed the French king if Brandon's life is spared. After Brandon is
exiled, Mary goes ahead with the wedding, but King Louis, in his attempt to prove he is lively enough for
such a pretty young bride, drops dead. His nephew and heir to the throne, Francis (William Powell, in his
first really important film role), wants to wed Mary, but Brandon comes to the rescue. When Henry
discovers that his sister and Brandon have married, he remarks, "I should have consented in the first
place, and saved us all this trouble." The Hearst machine used the film's great expense as a promotional
device, and this won the criticism of one newspaper writer, who felt that Davies' talent stood on her own.
Instead of being incensed, Hearst was pleased that Davies was so passionately supported, and he hired
the reporter, Louella Parsons.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Robert G. Vignola

Written by:
William LeBaron - writer
Luther Reed  - adaptation

Based on the novel by Charles Major.

Marion Davies ...  Mary Tudor
Forrest Stanley ...  Charles Brandon
Lyn Harding ...  Henry VIII
Theresa Maxwell Conover ...  Queen Catherine
Pedro de Cordoba ...  Duke of Buckingham
Ruth Shepley ...  Lady Jane Bolingbroke
Ernest Glendinning ...  Sir Edwin Caskoden
Arthur Forrest ...  Cardinal Wolsey
Johnny Dooley ...  Will Sommers
William Kent ...  King's tailor
Charles K. Gerrard ...  Sir Adam Judson (as Charles Gerard)
Arthur Donaldson ...  Sir Henry Brandon
Downing Clarke ...  Lord Chamberlain
William Norris ...  Louis XII
Macey Harlam ...  Duc de Longueville
William Powell ...  Francis I (as William H. Powell)
George Nash ...  An adventurer
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...  Grammont
Paul Panzer ...  Captain of the Guard
Guy Coombs ...  Follower of Buckingham
Betty Brown ...  Extra (uncredited)
Flora Finch ...  French countess (uncredited)
Black Diamond the Horse ...  (uncredited)
Winchester the Horse ...  (uncredited)
George Ogle ...  (uncredited)
Dorothy Portingall ...  (uncredited)
Andrew Quirk ...  Courtier (uncredited)
Mortimer Snow ...  (uncredited)
~35-47: Forrest Stanley & Marion Davies~
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Cosmopolitan Productions

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Music by: William Frederick Peters
Cinematography by: Ira H. Morgan & Harold Wenstrom
Art Direction/Set Direction: Joseph Urban
Costume by: Gretl Urban Thurlow        
Assistant Director: Philip Carle
Props and Sculptor: Arthur Scanlon
Special Effects by: Harry Redmond Sr.
Fencing Supervisor: James Murray

Length: 12 Reels
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Released: September 15, 1922

Filmed in:

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK (castle exteriors)

Paramount Studios, Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, USA (studio)

Jackson Studio - 723 Forrest Avenue, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA (studio)

Cosmopolitan-International Studios - 127th Street, East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York,
USA (studio)