Toronto Silent Film Festival: Beverly of Graustark

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Toronto Silent Film Festival: Beverly of Graustark

A gender-bending rom-com

By Toronto Silent Film Festival

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Date and time

Sun, Apr 16, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM EDT


Revue Cinema 400 Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto, ON M6R 2M9 Canada

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Refunds up to 1 day before event
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About this event

  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Live Accompaniment by Morgan-Paige Melbourne

This is a wonderous blend of gender-bending comedy, sly satire and even a touch of slapstick highlighting Marion Davies at her rom-com best. Less well known than her later classics Show People and The Patsy due to lack of wide modern access, this film will prove once and for all what a formidable talent Davies was.

Marion is Beverly, the American socialite forced to disguise herself as her cousin Oscar when he suffers a skiing accident. Why? Well, he’s not just any cousin, he’s the heir to the throne of Graustark (one of those legendary mythical princedoms Hollywood made good use of over the years) and there are those who will stop at nothing to keep him off it. Her work is cut out for her when she must foil the General who has his own ambitions (played with delicious wickedness by Roy D’Arcy). Of course, the now disguised Beverly, meets Dantan the Goat-Herder (Moreno) who saves he/she from certain disaster, and then hires him as her bodyguard … and, you guessed it, winds up falling for him. There are mistaken identities, palace intrigues, quick clothing swaps, drinking games, chases, swordfights and more than ample suspension of disbelief (those guys were THICK if they couldn’t see the charming gal under the uniform). It all comes to a rousing finale where heroics are performed, wicked intent is thwarted, hearts are won AND you get a great early Technicolor fancy ball to close it all out.

Directed by Sidney Franklin and starring Marion Davies, Antonio Moreno, Creighton Hall & Roy D'Arcy 78minMuch thanks to Ben Model and his Undercrank Productions for the loan of this film

Introduction by Marion Davies biographer Lara Gabrielle (pre-recorded)

Preceded by Charlie Chaplin in A Woman 1915

About the organizer

The Toronto Silent Film Festival is Canada's premier festival for silent film with live music. Explore your cinematic horizons at our live cinema events featuring restored masterpieces, rarities, and classics from the original silent era.