Three Weeks (film)

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Three Weeks
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Three Weeks poster
Directed by Alan Crosland
Written by Carey Wilson
Elinor Glyn
Based on Three Weeks
by Elinor Glyn
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Cinematography John J. Mescall
Distributed by Goldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • February 10, 1924 (1924-02-10)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget$314,728.05 [1]
Box office$477,553.28 [1]

Three Weeks is a 1924 American drama film directed by Alan Crosland. The movie is based on the 1907 novel of the same name by Elinor Glyn, and the title refers to the length of an affair by the Queen of Sardalia. [2] Formerly a lost film, the FIAF database indicates a print is preserved by Russia's Gosfilmofond. [3] [4] That print formed the basis of a restoration by La Cineteca del Friuli. [5]


The novel had previously been made into the American film in 1914  [ it ], directed by Perry N. Vekroff and starring Madlaine Traverse and George C. Pearce, [6] and in a 1917 Hungarian film titled Három hét that was directed by Márton Garas. [7] The 1924 production was the first to be authorized and supervised by Glyn, which was noted in advertising for the film.


As described in a film magazine review, [8] the Queen of Sardalia, in a bad marriage with the brutal King Constantine II, leaves her dissipated husband for a trip to Switzerland. There she meets Paul Verdayne, a young Englishman, who becomes her lover. The King sends men to kill Paul, but he escapes them. After three weeks the Queen bids him farewell without revealing her identity. Three years later she sends for him. The lovers meet again, but she is slain by the King, who in turn dies at the hand of a servant. As time passes Paul becomes a great British statesman. Visiting Sardalia, he sees his son reigning as monarch of that country.


Aileen Pringle and Conrad Nagel Three Weeks (SAYRE 14475).jpg
Aileen Pringle and Conrad Nagel


For a well known scene from the novel involving the Queen and a tiger skin, Glyn's script states that, rather than describing it, she would enact it for director Crosland on the set. [7] In the film, the Queen is lying on a tiger skin provided by Paul when he comes into the room. She tells him to sit in a chair and then, shown from Paul's point of view, the Queen spreads herself on the tiger skin, runs her hands through the fur, arches her back, and closes her eyes, [7] signifying her agreement to their affair.


According to contemporary records, the film made a profit of $162,825.23. Glyn was entitled to 40% of the profits and earned $65,130. [1]

Preservation status

Three Weeks survives with a copy in the Gosfilmofond archive in Moscow. [4] That copy formed the basis of a digital restoration by La Cineteca del Friuli in which missing opening credits and intertitles were re-created. [5]

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  2. New York Times Overview (plot)
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: Three Weeks at
  4. 1 2 The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Three Weeks
  5. 1 2 "MoMA film screening"
  6. Internet Movie Database Overview of the 1914 version
  7. 1 2 3 Horak, Laura (2010). ""Would You Like to Sin With Elinor Glyn?" Film As a Vehicle of Sensual Education" . Camera Obscura . Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 25 (2): 75–117. doi:10.1215/02705346-2010-003. ISSN   1529-1510 . Retrieved September 14, 2020.
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