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When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922)

Mary Tudor, sister of England's Henry VIII, causes a stir by falling in love with a guardsman below her class.


Robert G. Vignola


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Davies ... Mary Tudor
Forrest Stanley ... Charles Brandon
Lyn Harding ... Henry VIII
Theresa Maxwell Conover ... Queen Catherine
Pedro de Cordoba ... Duke of Buckingham
Ruth Shepley ... Lady Jane Bolingbroke
Ernest Glendinning Ernest Glendinning ... Sir Edwin Caskoden
Arthur Forrest Arthur Forrest ... Cardinal Wolsey
Johnny Dooley Johnny Dooley ... Will Sommers
William Kent William Kent ... King's Tailor
Charles K. Gerrard ... Sir Adam Judson (as Charles Gerard)
Arthur Donaldson ... Sir Henry Brandon
Downing Clarke Downing Clarke ... Lord Chamberlain
William Norris William Norris ... Louis XII
Macey Harlam Macey Harlam ... Duc de Longueville


Mary Tudor, sister of England's Henry VIII, causes a stir by falling in love with a guardsman below her class.

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Romance | Drama







Release Date:

15 September 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Da Mænd var Riddere See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Marion Davies show
18 November 2002 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

What can be said about at the time the most expensive movie ever made with cost an estimated at $1.8 million. The pet project of the famous media magnate William Hearst, it is the tale of a woman, sister who defies all royal conventions, especially one; she falls in love with a commoner - Knight Charles Brandon - while bethrothed not of her choice, of course, to King louis XII of France. Action ensues as the forces of tradition conspire to keep them apart. The sets are very good and Marion davies is extremely good. When I watch a silent movie and I wish to hear what the actor is saying, then the performance is classic. Everyone else is adequate and passable. The director who isn't very good throws in a lot of gothic subtext and an unusual editing style of what I'll term "flash cutting" is used. Cinematography is especially wonderful. Deeper meanings or detailing beyond the obvious social strata innuities and foresight castigations of a by-gone era, is pitifully missing. Entertaining yes, action-packed - agreed but a bit quaint, unlike Robin Hood released around the same time but which holds up much better. (It alsao looks as if it cost more; it did not). But Garbo, Shearer and Dietrich did this too and theirs are better. Worth watching but watch out for sappiness in many moments. Just as a note, this movie was the biggest hit of the 1922-23 movie season, ahead of Robin Hood and Safety last.

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