Spookie Noodles informed me that Marion Davies had a secret child, and I look and find Rose, or Rosemary Davies. I look some more and find many roses around Marion including the Tudor Rose. I believe there is a mistake in saying the exteriors were shot at Windsor Castle, when we see the interior. This was in response to this post.
Born Rose Douras in Brooklyn, New York, she was the sister of the actresses Marion Davies and Reine Davies but did not reach the same fame as her two sisters. However, her name was mentioned in different circles briefly when she was said to be the mother of Patricia Lake by her first husband, George Van Cleeve. After the death of Patricia Lake, Lake’s family announced that Lake was in fact the daughter of Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst, born secretly during a trip abroad in 1923.
Davies married Louis Adlon who was an American, German-born motion picture actor. He died 31 March 1947. She died in 1963 in Bel Air, California. She is buried beside her sister Marion in the Douras mausoleum along with Marion’s husband Horace Brown, as well as with Patrica Lake and her husband, actor Arthur Lake.
King became well known for his “Hamilton King Girls”, significantly working on behalf of Turkish Trophies Cigarettes. A majority of this collection is held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Additional collections of the artist are held by the Smithsonian Institution.
Exteriors were shot at Windsor Castle, England. With an estimated cost of $1,500,000, it was considered by Life “the most expensive film that has ever been produced” in 1922. According to Variety, William Randolph Hearst launched “the most expensive and extensive campaign that has ever been organized for anything theatrical”, with over 650 billboards in New York, 300 subway advertising placards, special booths in department stores that sold souvenir books, and a dazzling string of electric signs that pervaded Times Square, upon which Will Rogers quipped that Davies’s next film would be titled When Electric Light Was in Power.
Marion Davies makes her entrance coming down the river on a royal barge. The barge was a full-sized replica built in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The scene was filmed on the Ladder Rock estate outside Bridgeport. Hearst commissioned two songs from Victor Herbert: “The When Knighthood Was in Flower Waltz” and “The Marion Davies March,” which were played at the New York premiere. Ben Model used portions of these songs in his score for the 2017 restoration of the film.
The film was very popular and was the sixth biggest hit of the year in the US. When it was released, the theatres were filled with flowers for theatrical effect.
Robert E. Sherwood defined it “gorgeously beautiful […] flashily romantic and stirringly impressive”, ranking it as one of the best pictures of the year and appreciated Vignola’s “genius for lighting and composition”. In 1922, Motion Picture News stated the film was “not only Cosmopolitan’s greatest achievement [but] one of the greatest achievements of the silversheet”, wrote a positive review of the cast and praised Vignola “for his masterly direction”.
Delight Evans cited the film among “the most entertaining photoplays ever made” on Photoplay in 1923. It was ranked #10 on Screenland‘s reader poll of “The Ten Best Screenplays Ever Made” in 1924. The Motion Picture Guide praised the film for its “tremendous production values, excellent direction, a good script, and an outstanding cast”, giving it three out of four stars.
It was a triumph for Marion Davies, and she was named “Queen of the Screen” and the #1 female box office star of 1922 at the annual theater owners ball (Rudolph Valentino was named #1 male star). However, the movie was negatively received in London and, according to Davies, the English did not accept an American woman playing an English character. Despite the controversy, it was appreciated by Edward, Prince of Wales, who defined it “a wonderful picture”. British art dealer Joseph Duveen stated the film setting was “the most stupendous reproduction of Henry the Eighth court life that has ever been achieved — a marvelous piece of artistry”.