NEW YORK, NY -- April 19, 2017 -- Undercrank Productions announces the fall 2017 release of three Marion Davies silent films from 1922: her breakthrough costume epic When Knighthood Was In Flower, and the two surviving films Davies made just prior to "Knighthood", Beauty's Worth and The Bride's Play. Knighthood will be seen a new digital restoration from a 35mm nitrate print, to be available as a DVD/Blu-ray combo; the other two films are sourced from 35mm prints and will be released on DVD only. All three films feature brand-new musical scores by Ben Model. Release date is TBD.
When Knighthood Was In Flower was a huge super-production for Cosmopolitan Pictures, and its huge commercial success is what established Marion Davies as a Hollywood movie star. Undercrank Productions has produced a new digital restoration of the film, in association with Greenbriar Picture Shows, as part of Undercrank's co-branding arrangement with the Library of Congress. The project was funded by over 300 fans via Kickstarter last year. A nitrate 35mm print of the 12-reel road-show edition of the film in the Library's collection was scanned, and producer Ben Model has reinstated the film's original tinting scheme, and also hired Jack Theakston to digitally reinstate hand-coloring that originally appeared in the film's final reel. Model has also composed and recorded a brand-new theatre organ score for the film. Knighthood will be released as a special DVD/Blu-ray combo, with an illustrated booklet with film notes by Marion Davies historian Lara Gabrielle Fowler.
Concurrent with the fall 2017 Knighthood release, Undercrank Productions will also release on DVD Beauty's Worth and The Bride's Play, two films that Marion Davies made just previous to Knighthood . (A third, The Young Diana, is currently lost). These two films were recently produced for video by Edward Lorusso, initially done as Kickstarter projects by Lorusso, with DVDs made expressly for the projects' backers. Lorusso has recently arranged with Undercrank to release the two films commercially. Beauty's Worth and The Bride's Play feature beautiful cinematography and locations, and each has a breakout fantasy sequence designed by Joseph Urban.
Undercrank plans to reinstate the original tinting scheme to Bride's Play based on instructions printed in to the original film element. Both films were also sourced from 35mm prints preserved by the Library of Congress, and will have new scores by by Ben Model. All three releases' graphic design is by Marlene Weisman.
Street date FALL 2017 TBD. All releases will be available on Amazon.com
WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER (1922) -- directed by Robert G. Vignola; starring Marion Davies, with Forrest Stanley, Lyn Harding, Flora Finch, and William Powell; a Cosmopolitan Production; originally released Sept 15, 1922. 115 mins, color tinted.
BEAUTY'S WORTH (1922) -- directed by Robert G. Vignola; starring Marion Davies, with Forrest Stanley, June Elvidge, Hallam Cooley, Martha Mattox; a Cosmopolitan Production; originally released March 18, 1922. 75 mins, B&W.
THE BRIDE'S PLAY (1922) -- directed by George Terwilliger; starring Marion Davies, with John O'Brien, Carl Miller, Frank Shannon, Windham Standing; a Cosmopolitan Production; originally released January 22, 1922. 75 mins, color tinted.