The Three Passions

Directed by: Rex Ingram, Great Britain, 1928

Great Britain, 1928
Szenenphoto aus The Three Passions, © , stills by Henri Menessier

Cast and Credits

Distribution United Artists
Producer Rex Ingram
Rex Ingram [Presenter]
Director Rex Ingram
Scenario Rex Ingram
Story Cosmo Hamilton
Director of Photography Léonce-Henri Burel
Editor Léonce-Henri Burel
Art Director Henri Menessier
Stand Photos Henri Menessier
Cast Ivan Petrovich [Philip Wrexham, Bellamonts son]
Alice Terry [Lady Victoria Burlington]
Shayle Gardner [Viscount Bellamont]
Clare Eames [Lady Bellamont]
Leslie Faber [Father Aloysius]
Andrews Engelmann [The Hairless Man / the starke Heinrich (as Andrews Engemann)]
Frédéric Mariotti [Larry Long-finger (as Fredrick Marriotti)]
Gerald Fielding [Bobbie, a Gigolo]
Rosita Garcia [The girl in the Restaurant (as Rosita Ramirez)]
Valentina Gorsky [(not credited)]
Harpo Marx [(uncertain or unconfirmed)]
Merle Oberon
George Bernard Shaw [(uncertain or unconfirmed)]

Technical specifications
Category: Feature Film
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm, 1:1,33 - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,, 7576 feet, 8 reels
Sound System: silent
First Screening: April 28, 1929 in Long Island, Jamaica Cinema
US Copyright: March 26, 1929 - ©LP 233
Survival Status: Incomplete Prints of this picture are known [Archiv: Gos, Lob]
Szenenphoto aus The Three Passions, © , stills by Henri Menessier

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)

Reviews in German: «Ein Dockarbeiter hat es zum Werftbesitzer und Lord gebracht. Sein Sohn ist des Nichtstuns und Geldausgebens müde und will Mönch werden. Als des Vaters Einspruch nichts fruchtet, holt ihn seine Braut zurück, der nach seines Vaters Tod dessen Werk übernimmt. - Ein nicht uninteressantes Sujet, das nur szenenweise durch eine gewisse Pathetik verliert, kontinuierlich inszeniert, seine Hauptrollen sehr gut besetzt. Die Aufmachung ist nicht kleinlich, die Photographie gut. - Gesamtqualifikation: Guter Mittelfilm.» (Paimann's Filmlisten Nr. 721 vom 31. Jänner 1930)

«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)
Szenenphoto aus The Three Passions, © , stills by Henri Menessier
Remarks and general Information in German: Von dem Film gab es auch eine teilweise nach-synchronisierte Fassung mit eine Länger von 6'646 ft. - Bei seiner Aufführung im Zürcher Kino Olympia (ca. 1929/30) wurde er als "Musik-Tonfilm" in einer Länge von "10 Akten" annonciert. / In Deutschland im Verleih der Terra-United Artists

Eine Kopie des Films, der als verschollen galt, wurde mit deutschen Zwischentiteln 2008 im Mokauer Filmarchiv Gosfilmofond entdeckt.

General Information

The 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.

Szenenphoto aus The Three Passions, © , stills by Henri Menessier

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

Szenenphoto aus The Three Passions, © , stills by Henri MenessierSzenenphoto aus The Three Passions, © , stills by Henri Menessier

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