Tide of Empire

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Tide of Empire
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Directed by Allan Dwan
Written by Peter B. Kyne (novel Argonauts)
Waldemar Young (scenario)
Starring Renée Adorée
Tom Keene
Cinematography Merritt B. Gerstad
Edited by Blanche Sewell
Music by William Axt (uncredited)
Production
company
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 23, 1929 (1929-04-23)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States
Languages Sound(Synchronized)
English Intertitles

Tide of Empire is a 1929 American synchronized sound Western film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Renée Adorée and Tom Keene. While the film has no audible dialog, it was released with a synchronized musical score with sound effects using both the sound-on-disc and sound-on-film process.

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On January 12, 2010, Tide of Empire was released on home video for the first time on DVD on Warner Archive Collection. [1]

Plot

Cast

Music

The film features a theme song entitled “Josephita” which was composed by Ray Klages (words) and Jesse Greer (music).

Production

The film was originally slated to star Joan Crawford in the female lead, but the final filming had Renée Adorée instead of Crawford. It was one of the last MGM without dialogue and performed badly at the box office. [2] Buster Keaton, who was visiting the set, got cast in a cameo as a drunk getting thrown out of a saloon. [3]

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References

  1. "Tide of Empire". silentera.com.
  2. Synopsis at AllMovie
  3. Who the Devil Made It, Peter Bogdanovich, Random House, 2012.