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Two Lovers
Director: Fred Niblo (Dir)
Release Date:   Sep 1928
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 23 Mar 1928
Duration (in mins):   100
Duration (in feet):   8,817
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Ronald Colman (Mark Van Rycke)  
    Vilma Banky (Donna Lenora de Vargas)  
    Noah Beery (The Duke of Azar)  
    Nigel De Brulier (The Prince of Orange)  
    Virginia Bradford (Grete)  
    Helen Jerome Eddy (Inez)  
    Eugenie Besserer (Madame Van Rycke)  
    Paul Lukas (Ramón de Linea)  
    Fred Esmelton (Meinherr Van Rycke, Bailiff of Ghent)  
    Harry Allen (Jean)  
    Marcella Daly (Marda)  
    Scotty Mattraw (Dandermonde innkeeper)  
    Lydia Yeamans Titus (Innkeeper's wife)  

Summary: Donna Lenora, a Spanish girl of nobility, is forced by her cruel uncle, the Duke of Azar, to marry Mark Van Rycke, the son of the Burgomaster of Ghent, ostensibly to cement relations between the conquered and the conqueror, but in reality to ferret out the secrets of William of Orange, silent leader of the Flemish in their attempt to throw off the yoke of Spanish rule. Lenora becomes a spy after having been persuaded by her uncle to forget her Spanish sweetheart, Don Ramón de Linea, commander of the Spanish forces in Ghent. Lenora's hatred for the Dutch is intensified when her sweetheart is killed by Leatherface (Mark), bodyguard and advisor to William of Orange, but eventually she realizes that the Dutch cause is just. She makes a heroic ride to Ghent, saves the lives of a group of conspirators, helps the Flemish take a fortress guarding Ghent, and is happily reunited with her estranged husband. 

Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn, Inc.  
Distribution Company: United Artists Corp.  
Director: Fred Niblo (Dir)
  H. B. Humberstone (Asst dir)
Writer: Alice D. G. Miller (Adpt)
  John Colton (Titles)
Photography: George Barnes (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Viola Lawrence (Film ed)
Music: Hugo Riesenfeld (Mus score)
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "Grieving," words and music by Wayland Axtell; "Lenora," words by L. Wolfe Gilbert, music by Hugo Riesenfeld.
Composer: Wayland Axtell
  L. Wolfe Gilbert
  Hugo Riesenfeld
Source Text: Based on the novel Leatherface: A Tale of Old Flanders by Emmuska Orczy (New York, 1916).
Authors: Emmuska Orczy

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Samuel Goldwyn 22/3/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25472

Physical Properties: Si with sd seq: Mus score and sd eff by Movietone
  Sd, also Si: Also si; 8,706 ft.

Genre: Romance
Sub-Genre: Historical
Subjects (Major): Dutch
  Ghent (Belgium)
  The Netherlands
  William I, Stadholder of Holland, 1533-1584


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   1 Apr 1928.   
New York Times   23 Mar 1928   p. 24.
Variety   28 Mar 1928   p. 30.

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