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A Million Bid
Director: Michael Curtiz (Dir)
Release Date:   28 May 1927
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 28 May 1927
Duration (in feet):   6,310
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Dolores Costello (Dorothy Gordon)  
    Warner Oland (Geoffrey Marsh)  
    Malcolm McGregor (Dr. Robert Brent)  
    Betty Blythe (Mrs. Gordon)  
    William Demarest (George Lamont)  
    Douglas Gerrard (Lord Bobby Vane)  
    Grace Gordon (The Gordon Maid)  

Summary: To please her selfish and calculating mother, Dorothy Gordon is induced to marry wealthy Geoffrey Marsh, though she loves Robert Brent, a young brain surgeon. Aboard his yacht, Marsh attempts to force himself on the girl during a storm; he is repulsed, and Dorothy is rescued from the sinking boat, while Marsh is assumed to be dead. Dr. Brent restores her health, and in time they are married and are expecting a child when Brent announces he is to perform an operation on an amnesia victim whom Dorothy recognizes as Marsh. Though their marriage and happiness are at stake, Brent refuses to neglect his professional duty, and the operation is a success. Marsh, however, realizing the consequences, feigns continued loss of memory and leaves them to their happiness. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Michael Curtiz (Dir)
  Henry Blanke (Asst dir)
Writer: Robert Dillon (Scen)
Photography: Hal Mohr (Cam)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play A Million Bid by George Cameron (New York, 5 Oct 1908).
Authors: George Cameron

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 19/5/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP23986

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Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Society
Subjects (Major): Amnesia
  Brain surgery
  Family relationships

Note: Var reviewed the film twice. The first review ran on 1 Jun 1927, when the comment was made to exhibitors, "Better pass this up." On 15 Jun 1927, a different reviewer qualified, at length, the earlier comments, stating that star Dolores Costello's box office appeal had greatly elevated the picture's success. The writer added that exhibitors had brought to the attention of the Var staff that the picture had been having a very successful in New York, Seattle and other cities, thus leading to another screening and the second review. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   12 Jun 1927.   
Variety   1 Jun 1927   p. 16.
Variety   15 Jun 1927   p. 17.

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