Synopsis in German
«Aus dem Inhalt: Vom Dockarbeiter zum Multimillionär - nächtliche Orgien der Hochfinanz - krasses Elend der Schwerarbeiter - Vergnügingssucht einer entarteten Mutter - im Nachtasyl - die Bestie im Menschen - religöser Wahnsinn - Streik auf der Schiffswerft - das Opfer der Arbeit - etc. etc.» (Werbeprospekt des Kino Olympia, Zürich, circa 1929/30)
«Rex Ingram's british film
"Three Passions" is Well Directed and Well Acted"
Love, Ambition and Religion are mutually hostile, each working for different ends, in "The Three Passions", a new product of Rex Ingram's, which somehow fails in that elusive quality of greatness which characterises most of his former films.
The theme of the picture, which cannot be taken too serioulsly, is the conflicting influences of money and ambition, religion and love. Each and all of this "passions" vitally affect the family of a great shipbuilder, aself.made man, powerfully played by Shayle Gardner, whose heartfelt deire is that his only son should carry on this business. But the son feels a spiritual calling and decides to join an Anglican Brotherhood, which he duly leaves for Love, as personified, very alluringly, by Alice Terry.
Alice Terry Back Again
The film is remarkable for its characterisation abd the skill which minor parts have been played. Claire Eames' portrayal of the shipping magnate's lascivious wife is a powerful character study... Andrew Engleman's "Hairless Man" is a fine presentation of a human brute and a delicious piece of low comedy is purveyed by M. Mariotti.
It is a pity Ingram's genius as a director had no better material than this story by Cosmo Hamilton. There are plenty of effective incidents, but the concluding strike scene is strictly according to American screen convention. Surely it is time even screen authors had grown out of the belief that all trade union leaders are "Bolshie" agents and all workmen sheep.» (The Film weekly, October 7, 1929)
Eine Kopie des Films, der als verschollen galt, wurde mit deutschen Zwischentiteln 2008 im Mokauer Filmarchiv Gosfilmofond entdeckt.
General InformationThe Three Passions is a motion picture produced in the year 1928 as a Great Britain production. The Film was directed by Rex Ingram, with Ivan Petrovich, Alice Terry, Shayle Gardner, Clare Eames, Leslie Faber, in the leading parts.
Bibliography - The Film Daily, February 5, 1928, pg 5 [note]
- The Film Daily, June 1, 1928, pg 1 [note]
. The Film Daily, October 14, 1928, pg 9 [note]
- Exhibitors Daily Review, November 24, 1928, pg 4 [note]
- The Film Daily, December 12, 1928, pg 4 [ad]
- Photoplay Magazine, April 1929 pg 54 [review]
- Variety, May 8, 1929 [review]
- The Film Daily, May 12, 1929, pg 9 [review]
- New Zealand Truth, July 18, 1929 [note]
- The Film Weekly, October 7, 1929, pg 22 [review]
- Paimann's Filmlisten Nr. 721 vom 31. Jänner 1930
- DeWitt Bodeen, Films in Review, March 1975, Alice Terry Filmography # 24
- Liam O'Leary, Rex Ingram, Dublin 1980
References in Databases
British Film Institute Nr. 54261 (http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/54261)
IMDb - International Movie Data Base Nr. tt0019469
KinoTV Database Nr. 56264
Polski Film Web Nr. 88159
Turner Classic Movies Database Nr. 54261