At the Villa Rose (1920 film)

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At the Villa Rose
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Produced by Oswald Stoll
Written by Sinclair Hill
Based on At the Villa Rose
by A.E.W. Mason
Starring Norman Page
Manora Thew
Langhorn Burton
Teddy Arundell
Cinematography Paul Burger
Production
company
Release date
1920
Running time
6276 feet
Country United Kingdom
Language Silent

At the Villa Rose is a 1920 British silent detective film based on the 1910 novel At the Villa Rose by British politician and author A.E.W. Mason (considered his most famous mystery[1]). The feature was directed by Maurice Elvey and stars Manora Thew and Langhorn Burton. A print of the film survives at the British Film Institute archives.[2][3]

The novel, which introduced the fictional character of French Police Inspector Hanaud, was so popular, it was filmed four times, the 1920 silent film being the first.[4] The other three film versions were sound versions, two appearing in 1930, and the last in 1940. Although the film is mainly a murder mystery, there are some horror-oriented moments such as a creepy seance scene and a somewhat violent strangulation scene in it as well.[5]

Plot

Inspector Hanaud is asked to investigate a murder in which a young female spiritualist is accused of murdering her wealthy employer in a Riviera mansion and then running away. She is innocent, but the villain is able to make her seem guilty. Hanaud uncovers the truth, that the murder was the result of a jewel robbery gone wrong.

Cast

Critical reception

Allmovie wrote, "British novelist A.E.W. Mason is best known for his jingoistic adventure story {-The Four Feathers}. At the Villa Rose is a lesser but no less florid Mason work. Manora Thew stars as a phony medium, working the suckers in Monaco." [6]

References

  1. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  2. ^ "At the Villa Rose (1920)". British Film Institute.
  3. ^ Rachael Low (13 September 2013). History of British Film (Volume 4): The History of the British Film 1918 - 1929. Routledge. pp. 125–. ISBN 978-1-136-20634-4.
  4. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  5. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  6. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/movies/movie/84086/At-the-Villa-Rose/overview

External links

  • At the Villa Rose on IMDb
  • At the Villa Rose at BFI Screenonline
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