River of Romance


1h 18m 1929

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 29, 1929
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Magnolia by Booth Tarkington (New York, 27 Aug 1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7,009ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Tom Rumford, just turned 21 and the son of a grand and traditional plantation-owner and southern general, returns to the South of the 1840's from Philadelphia, where he was brought up by Quaker relatives. Infatuated with his father's coquettish ward, Elvira Jeffers, he becomes engaged and thereby invites the wrath of her former lover, Major Patterson. Patterson, just released from jail, challenges Tom to a duel, and when Tom merely laughs off the crude insult, he is himself disgraced under the Old Southern Code and banished from his father's home. He wanders forlornly into a Natchez saloon, is befriended by notorious rogue Gen. Orlando Jackson, and there proves his mettle by trouncing a feared killer when insulted. Tom's feat earns him praise. Disguised as the "Notorious Colonel Blake," Tom returns home for the masquerade ball-debut of Elvira's younger sister, Lucy, whose affection for Tom remained steadfast throughout his earlier trials.Tom exposes Patterson, reveals his own identity, regains his father's good graces, and marries Lucy.

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 29, 1929
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Magnolia by Booth Tarkington (New York, 27 Aug 1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7,009ft (8 reels)

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Notes

Booth Tarkington's play was also the basis for the 1924 Famous Players-Lasky production The Fighting Coward, directed by James Cruze and starring Ernest Torrence and Mary Astor (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30) and the 1935 Paramount production Mississippi, directed by A. Edward Sutherland and starring Bing Crosby and W.C. Fields (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).