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Theodora Fitzgerald (Gloria Swanson) doesn't love Josiah Brown (Robert Bolder), but she agrees to marry the older millionaire so he can provide for her father and two sisters. Just as the young socialite has consigned herself to living in a loveless marriage, she meets the suave and handsome Lord Bracondale (Rudolph Valentino). Although she falls madly in love with Bracondale almost immediately, Theodora tries to resist his charms, but she can quell her love for only so long.

Cast & Crew

Gloria Swanson
Theodora Fitzgerald
Rudolph Valentino
Lord Bracondale
Edythe Chapman
Lady Bracondale
Alec B. Francis
Captain Fitzgerald
Robert Bolder
Josiah Brown
Gertrude Astor
Morella Winmarleigh
Mabel Van Buren
Mrs. McBride
Helen Dunbar
Lady Ada Fitzgerald
June Elvidge
Lady Anningford
Sam Wood
Director
Alfred Gilks
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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Rocks

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Audience Reviews for Beyond the Rocks

  • Aug 13, 2013
    Another recently discovered and restored silent picture. There are a few scenes that are beyond restoration and the chemically disintegrating film becomes visible in splotches. There is an informative Dutch documentary about the restoration on the DVD. Evidently it was not the norm for two stars of such magnitude to co-star in a film at this time, but Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino did for this romance. This movie was also based on an Elinor Glyn novel. Theodora Fitzgerald (Swanson) is pushed to marry an old millionaire by her step-sisters so the family will be financially comfortable. Her father (Francis) says she can refuse, but for his sake she agrees to marry Josiah Brown (Bolder). From their small seaside English town Josiah and Theodora travel to the mountains in Switzerland and fancy hotels in Paris. Fate keeps throwing Theodora and Lord Hector Bracondale (Valentino) together since Theodora's new husband is not a young or active man. This is the sort of trashy story that Glyn wrote, the young couple fall in love, but in order for them to be together, she must be unfaithful to her marriage. A handful of other supporting characters make appearances and these wealthy society people hop around Europe without much concern. The scenery and lifestyle are intriguing to observe nevertheless. Later in the plot a jealous woman switches letters that Theodora writes to Josiah and Hector. With their secret found out, Josiah decides to make the dangerous trip to Northern Africa for an archeological expedition. Theodora, her father, and Hector rush to try to find Josiah before it is too late. Romantic intrigue played between two worldwide celebrities of their day caused this movie to be a big success.
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  • Feb 22, 2011
    A lost film in the annuls of history, Beyond the Rocks was found, restored, and subtitled for the enjoyment of the masses. Sadly, my enjoyment was quelmed by the lackluster equivalent to my wildest fantasies. I do give creedence in every aspect that I can: the loss of sound, the loss in quality over the last 90 years, the overacting, the extravagant costuming, and the difference in movies today. I can forgive all of these things, look past them, and survey the quality of the actual film. Those things said, it was bad. It was gruesome. Written by shockster Elinor Glyn and directed by De Mille protege Sam Wood, the plot was shamelessly boring. I do give kudos to the angle of her deep devotion to her rich, ugly husband though she was in love with the aristocratic Valentino, who she shared magically dramatic chemistry with. Still, Swanson's future work is filled with much more intelligent films.
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  • Dec 22, 2010
    An average romantic drama with nothing new to offer. I'd only recommend it to fans of Swanson and/or Valentino. Overall it isn't bad, it's just not good either. There are a couple of exciting scenes but that's it.
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