The Rocks of Valpre (1935 film)

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The Rocks of Valpre
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Directed by Henry Edwards
Written by H. Fowler Mear
Based onthe novel The Rocks of Valpré by Ethel M. Dell
Produced by Julius Hagen
Starring John Garrick
Winifred Shotter
Leslie Perrins
Cinematography Sydney Blythe
Edited by Michael C. Chorlton
Music by W.L. Trytel
Real Art Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures (UK)
Release dates
  • 8 July 1935 (1935-07-08)(UK)
  • 26 January 1937 (1937-01-26)(US)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Rocks of Valpre is a 1935 British crime film directed by Henry Edwards and starring John Garrick, Winifred Shotter and Leslie Perrins. [1] The film was made at Twickenham Studios. [2] It was based on the 1913 novel of the same name by Ethel M. Dell, [3] and was released in the U.S. as High Treason. [4] The film is set in the mid-nineteenth century with plot elements resembling the later Dreyfus Case.


Plot summary

While staying in a small French coastal town, a young English woman falls in love with a French cavalry officer. Their romance is dramatically cut short when she is sent back to England to finish her education in a convent, while he is wrongly accused of being a spy by a rival officer and sentenced to imprisonment on Devil's Island. She settles down to a comfortable and respectable marriage with a wealthy Englishman. Ten years later, however, she is threatened with blackmail, and her former lover escapes from Devil's Island to come to her aid. Seriously ill from his time on the penal colony, he dies shortly afterwards.


Critical reception

TV Guide dismissed it as a "Sappy drama." [5]

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