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The Conquering Power (1921)

TV-G | | Drama, Romance | 8 July 1921 (USA)
After losing his father, a playboy moves in with his miserly uncle, who seeks to cheat him out of his inheritance.


Rex Ingram


June Mathis, Honoré de Balzac (story "Eugénie Grandet")


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Cast overview:
Alice Terry ... Eugenie Grandet
Rudolph Valentino ... Charles Grandet
Ralph Lewis ... Pere Grandet
Carrie Daumery ... Mere Grandet (as Edna Demaurey)
Bridgetta Clark Bridgetta Clark ... Madame des Grassins
Mark Fenton Mark Fenton ... Monsieur des Grassins
Ward Wing Ward Wing ... Adolphe des Grassins
Eric Mayne ... Victor Grandet
Edward Connelly ... Notary Cruchot
George Atkinson George Atkinson ... Bonfons Cruchot
Willard Lee Hall Willard Lee Hall ... Abbé Cruchot
Mary Hearn Mary Hearn ... Nanon
Eugene Pouyet Eugene Pouyet ... Cornoiller
Andrée Tourneur Andrée Tourneur ... Annette


Young playboy Charles Grandet is sent to live with his miserly uncle after his father loses his fortune. He and his cousin Eugenie fall in love, but his uncle sends him away and tries to arrange a marriage more to his liking (and profit!). Will true love triumph? Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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Release Date:

8 July 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eugenie Grandet See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Comedic actor Bynunsky Hyman can be seen briefly cutting his toenails in the street See more »


Opening Title Card: In the story of Eugenie Grandet, Balzac, master word-painter of human emotions, gave us all the elements that control man's destiny. Wealth, extravagance, passion, failure, greed, dishonesty, poverty, patience, fear, faith and love. The greatest of these is love - - the all-conquering power.
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Alternate Versions

A silent version with an uncredited piano accompaniment has been shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel. It has Turner and MGM front ends and runs 90 minutes. The only crew credits are for the director and writer Balzac, and the only cast credits are for Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry, in that order. See more »


Version of Eugénie Grandet (1968) See more »

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Highly effective.
10 February 2004 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

This movie from one of the masters of silent cinema Rex Ingram is a melodrama without its excess. Certain scenes show you the power of silent cinema over sound such as the hallucinatory sequence showing a man's dependency and folly on wealth. Valentino is solid as the rich playboy who loses everything and is forced to live with his miserly Uncle who intends to cheat him out of his inheritance and Terry is solid too as the Miser's daughter who falls in love with Val and learns humility and virtue along the way. The story like all epic sagas spans many years. Here is where I'll knock the movie. It is obvious the movie is truncated from the book and a lot of detail is left out. If made today, it would obviously be almost three hours long. I don't know if it would make a better movie but it would be more detailed. Ingram though turns the movie into a study of greed and love as polar opposites in the avail of human survival and in that aspect, the movie scores. Just to add, the movie opens with an inter-title telling the audience that since polling (they had NRG in the twenties too) showed that audiences did not like costume pictures, the movie had been moved to a modern setting. Funny for in a few years the costume picture would dominate the industry and oscillate but never die ever since.

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