Thursday, January 5, 2023

Marion Davies -- The Most Amazingly Beautiful Picture Ever Screened -- January 5, 2023

Moscow, Idaho Daily Star-Mirror, 10-January-1923

When Knighthood Was in Flower was an 1898 novel written by Edwin Caskoden. His real name was Charles Major. The story was inspired by the life of Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's sister. The book sold well. In 1901, Paul Kester adapted the story into a play which was also successful.

In 1922, William Randolph Hearst was looking for a suitably ostentatious project for his inamorata, Marion Davies. His production company, Cosmopolitan, hit upon When Knighthood Was in Flower. Director Robert Vignola used a virtually unlimited budget to create a huge movie. This full-page ad must have cost lots of money.

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