Beyond the Rainbow

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Beyond the Rainbow
Beyond the Rainbow (1922) - 4.jpg
Directed by Christy Cabanne
Written byChristy Cabanne
Loila Brooks (adaptation)
Eustace Hale Ball (adaptation)
Based on"The Price of Feathers"
by Solita Solano
Starring Harry T. Morey
Billie Dove
Clara Bow
CinematographyPhilip Armand
William H. Tuers
Distributed by Robertson-Cole Pictures
Release date
  • February 19, 1922 (1922-02-19)(United States)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Beyond the Rainbow is a 1922 American silent drama film starring Billie Dove, Harry T. Morey and Clara Bow in her film debut. [1] A 16mm print of the film is in the collection of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.



As described in a film magazine, [2] Marion Taylor (Dove) is a stenographer employed by Wall Street broker Edward Mallory (Morey). She is the support of an invalid younger brother, who has been ordered to the Adirondack Mountains by the family physician. To get money for this, she attends a reception as the escort of a young society man, for which she receives $100. Edward is peeved as she has rejected his advances, and threatens to expose her when he sees Marion at the party. Each guest at the function receives a mysterious note saying, "Consult your conscience. Your secret is common gossip." Immediately, the guests are thrown into a panic as each has something to hide. The notes, however, were inspired by flapper Virginia Gardener, who had been left out of the party thrown by her mother (Ware), and passed out the notes as a joke to get revenge. [3] A man is shot during the excitement and Major Bruce Forbes (Gordon), who picked up the gun, is initially accused of murder. However, the real shooter soon confesses. Marion goes to the Adirondacks to see her brother, and finds happiness in the arms of Bruce, who fell in love with her at the ball.


From left, Helen Ware, George Fawcett, and Clara Bow. Beyond the Rainbow (1922) - 7.jpg
From left, Helen Ware, George Fawcett, and Clara Bow.

Production notes

Clara Bow made her film debut in Beyond the Rainbow after winning a beauty and acting magazine sponsored contest. She filmed five scenes but, after seeing the film in Brooklyn, thought that she was cut from the film. Bow was devastated and put temporarily her acting ambitions aside; [4] however, newspaper advertisements and editorial comments suggests she was not cut at all, at least not from the main release. [5] [6]

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  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Beyond the Rainbow at the
  2. "Reviews: Beyond the Rainbow". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (11): 63. March 11, 1922.
  3. Synopsis at New York Times Movie Database
  4. Photoplay magazine (February 1928)
  5. Oakland Tribune , June 5, 1922
  6. Weekly Variety, November 10, 1922