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"Bardelys the Magnificent" - 1926

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 AM

"Bardelys the Magnificent" (1926) was thought to be lost, all copies of this movie gone forever. But that all changed in 2004, when in France, one lone copy of this movie was found and restored. Some reels had been lost, however, but luckily, so many photographs of the movie were taken, the scenes were reconstructed using photographs.

"Bardelys" starred John Gilbert in�the title role, who makes a bet with a friend, Chatellerault (played by Roy D'Arcy), who looks a bit like Captain Hook, ROTFL,�that he can make a girl fall in love with him--the same girl which rejected Captain Hook, Roxalanne (Eleanor Boardman). But, how could I have seen a movie that was lost? Thank-you, Silent Sunday!

This movie was premiered on television about two weeks ago, and I recognized the film the instant a particular scene was mentioned. I had seen a photograph in Hollywood Dreams Made Real: Irving Thalberg and the Rise of M-G-M (Mark A. Vieira) over the summer. I fell in love with a particular photograph of John Gilbert and Eleanor Boardman on a wooden boat surrounded by willow trees--and when Robert Osborne mentioned this scene, I knew it was the same photo. And I was right! I had scanned some photos out of this book because I was in love with them, and here's my copy of a still from "Bardelys." (I made it ten times smaller for the post! If you adore it as much as I do, I can always post the bigger version.

(Courtesy of Hollywood Dreams Made Real: Irving Thalberg and the Rise of M-G-M by Mark A. Vieira)

And I wish I had known this particular scene had been up online, because I've been dying to see it. Here's the entire scene, and really, its' just beautiful.

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Hope you enjoy! This scene didn't disappoint, and all I had to go on was that photo!

The movie was surprisingly good overall. Action flicks are always fun to watch,�but the fact that it was silent made it that much better. I never saw anything with John Gilbert before, but he was excellent, definitely the man who knew how to avoid just about anyone and anything, at the same time! I adore romances, too, so that was a plus for me. When done right, its' a great combo.

If I had to rate?

My rating: �out of

If only for that one scene and Captain Hook! He was a real villain!

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