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Cobra
Director: Joseph Henabery (Dir)
Release Date:   30 Nov 1925
Duration (in feet):   6,895
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Rudolph Valentino (Count Rodrigo Torriani)  
    Nita Naldi (Elise Van Zile)  
    Casson Ferguson (Jack Dorning)  
    Gertrude Olmstead (Mary Drake)  
    Hector V. Sarno (Victor Minardi)  
    Claire De Lorez (Rosa Minardi)  
    Eileen Percy (Sophie Binner)  
    Lillian Langdon (Mrs. Porter Palmer)  
    Henry Barrows (Store manager)  
    Rosa Rosanova (Marie)  

Summary: Count Rodrigo Torriani, a young Italian, has inherited a debt-ridden palace on the Bay of Naples and a fondness for women. He accepts the offer of New York antique dealer Jack Dorning to work in his shop, and there he falls genuinely in love with Jack's secretary, Mary Drake. Rodrigo is pursued by Elise Van Zile, a worldly-wise woman ambitious to marry him for his money--until she learns that Rodrigo is penniless. Elise turns her attentions, successfully, to Jack, and they get married. She tries to have an affair with Rodrigo on the side, but he at first rejects her. Later, Elise meets Rodrigo at a hotel, but he becomes conscience-stricken and leaves. The hotel burns down, killing Elise. Jack becomes frantic about his wife's disappearance, but Rodrigo leaves town, saying nothing. He returns a year later, learns that Jack knows the truth about Elise, and notes that Jack has regained his equanimity under Mary's care. Although he realizes that Mary's love is his for the asking, he treats their relationship casually and sails away, leaving Jack and Mary to their happiness. 

Production Company: Ritz-Carlton Pictures  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Joseph Henabery (Dir)
Writer: Anthony Coldewey (Scr)
Photography: J. D. Jennings (Dir of photog)
  Harry Fischbeck (Dir of photog)
Set Decoration: William Cameron Menzies (Set dec)
Costumes: Gilbert Adrian (Gowns)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text: Based on the play Cobra by Martin Brown (New York, 22 Apr 1924).
Authors: Martin Brown

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Rudolph Valentino 3/12/1925 dd/mm/yyyy LP22071

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Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Society
 
Subjects (Major): Antique dealers
  Friendship
  Infidelity
  Italian Americans
  Naples (Italy)
  Nobility

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Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   13 Dec 1925.   
New York Times   7 Dec 1925   p. 19.

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