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The Eyes of the World -- 1930 


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Harold Bell Wright movie, The Eyes of the World, 1930.  Photo Courtesy Rick Gunter

Movies: Wright's Greatest Sorrow

Click here to read the story:

  • How and why Wright got into the movie business

  • Which movies were actually based on his stories

  • Which were based on stories he had never even seen and quickly despised.

 

Harold Bell Wright movie, The Eyes of the World, 1930. Movie flyer (4" x 6") for the 1930 movie, The Eyes of the World. "A Thrilling Adventure in Modern Love!" This the is front cover. When opened, the flyer is 8" x 6" as shown below. gc
Harold Bell Wright movie, The Eyes of the World, 1930.
Center spread of the 1930 Eyes of the World movie flyer above. "Inspirational Pictures, Inc. and Sol Lesser Present 'The Eyes of the World.'" From the story by Harold Bell Wright. United Artists picture. A Henry King Production. With John Holland, Una Merkel and Nance O'Neill. Millions loved it as a novel! The amazing book sensation of fictions great author has become even more entertaining as a talking picture. Here is the drama of love in the great wWest. Seductive, unscrupulous, a married siren tries to cast a spell over a young artist only to find herself hopelessly outrivalled by a wholesome young beauty. She plots the girl's undoing, and the strugle between good and evil, love and hate begins. It's dramatic power will sweep you to new heights of emotion. Vivid! Stirring!"

1930, UNITED, 78 Minutes, b&w,  Movietone  

Reviews

A Variety critic (August 20, 1930) reports, "It is not big theatre material, but the houses catering to the masses in neighborhoods and the sticks should find money in it.  Rabid fans coming to this from a modern menu will find it much like looking at a 1919 re-release, except that this one talks and has the present day accompanying music and noise."

Most of the rest of the review deals with the production techniques, which evidently weren't very good.  The only complete sentence dealing with the theme of the story reads: "Aaron King is an artist who has an honest love for Sybill, mountain nymph and daughter of mysterious lineage,"  though he also mentions ". . . the indoor battle [between] Aaron and the smirky brother of Mrs. Taine," ". . . the fair nymph is longshotted swimming a la nude in a studio pool," and "The girls gaurdian, Conrad LaGrange, is an exceptional author basing his writing upon life and being really clean of heart like everyone else in the cast."

The Variety critic concludes, "The theme has so many angles that the job the adapters and Henry King had in bringing it to film can easily be appreciated."

The Motion Picture Guide, is no more impressed.  "Crude hillbilly melodrama has Holland as an artist who takes to the hills for solitude and inspiration, but falls for the lovely Merkel when he spys her skinny-dipping.  Long takes of a typewriter with a barely legible sheet of paper explain the action.  King became on of the most consistently talented directors in Hollywood, but he shows little of his later abilities in this awful effort."

The New York Times reviewer (August 15, 1930) agreed. "Parts . . . are not with merit, but often it is muddled and lethargic.  This critic gives a pretty thorough description of the start of the story: "LaGrange is in the habit of picking the brains of his friends and acquaintances and using what information he obtains to put into popular magazine serials.  This author thinks so little of his literary contributions that he does not permit his pretty daughter, Sybil, to read them.  This girl, however, gathers that her father does not have his soul in his work and says that he puts a lot of funny ideas on paper."
     "Brandon Hurst plays Mr. Taine, the elderly husband of a flirtatious creature.  Mrs. Taine sets her cap at Aaron King, an artist, but this handsome young man falls in love with Sybil."  

Another review of this movie appeared in Exhibitors Herald-World, August 30, 1930, but I have not yet obtained a copy.

Release:  Inspiration Pictures/United Artists release

Production: Sol Lesser production

Director:  Henry King

Writing/Screenplay: Adapted by Clarke Silvernail from Harold Bell Wright's novel by same name.

Mrs. Rutledge Eulalie Jenson
James Rutledge Hugh Huntley
Myra Myra Hubert
Maid Florence Roberts
Sybil Una Merkel
Myra Nance O'Neil
Aaron King John Holland
Mrs. Taine Fern Andra
Conrad LaGrange Frederic Burt
Mr. Taine Brandon Hurst
Bryan Oakley William Jeffrey

Availability: I do not know if the movie is forever lost or not. If you know, please send me the information.

 


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