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Vintage original 8 x 10 in. US single-weight glossy photograph from the 1920s fictiotious European kingdom-themed silent film drama/romance, FORBIDDEN HOURS, released in 1928 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and directed by Harry Beaumon.
The image depicts Prince Michael IV (Roy D'Arcy) dressed as a peasant as he enjoys a dance with beautiful Marie de Floriet (Renée Adorée). It is in fine+ condition.


*"Forbidden Hours is a 1928 American silent romantic drama film directed by Harry Beaumont as a vehicle for Mexican-born star Ramon Novarro. It was the second of four films to pair Novarro with leading lady Renée Adorée.


The film was shot in Los Angeles with a budget of $293,000. Working titles included The Sun KingHis Night and The Loves of Louis. The script originally contained reworked plot elements from Man in the Iron Mask but these elements were eventually discarded and the film took on a more Prussian design scheme reminiscent of the earlier Novarro success, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg. Plot elements were allegedly adapted from the reign of Louis XIV of France. The Palm Beach Post suggested that Marie of Romania had inspired the character of the Queen Mother, played by Dorothy Cumming.


News sources reported that Jacqueline Gadsden, Marcelle Corday and a Shirley O'Hara were also in the cast. Sven Hugo Borg may have also appeared in the film. In an expansion of the common silent-filmmaking convention of having live musicians on set, a vocalist worked on set to provide atmosphere for the actors; singer Lillian Rosine is credited as having "introduced the idea" and may have performed this task on the Forbidden Hours set.


As originally scripted, Prince Michael eventually marries his betrothed in order to keep peace between his nation and hers. The concluding scene showed him passing a convent where Marie now resides as a nun. This ending, which deliberately recalled Student Prince, was changed to a happier one, but press materials were still issued by the studio detailing the original ending, causing some confusion in the press.


Forbidden Hours premiered at the Capitol Theater in New York on July 22, 1928. The film was greeted with mixed critical responses. The Film Dailydescribed it as a "rehash of Student Prince and Merry Widow themes." The Palm Beach Post, however, was one source who praised the film's scenario, design and performances. Reviewer Anne Austin suggested in her report on the film's altered ending that Renée Adorée seemed too old for the role of Marie.


As a prestige picture, Forbidden Hours was widely distributed and advertised. At the California Theatre in San Jose, California, it was accompanied by Hi-Yeller Idea, a live prologue staged by Fanchon and MarcoForbidden Hours eventually made a profit of $109,000, but was considered a commercial disappointment by the studio. Long thought to be lost, it was discovered to have survived in 2000, and had its first theatrical screening in seventy-three years at the Bijou Theater in Lincoln City, Oregon in 2002."

*(source: Wikipedia)



FORBIDDEN HOURS (1928) US 8x10 Photograph 01

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