His Hour is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by King Vidor. This film was the follow-up to Samuel Goldwyn's Three Weeks, written by Elinor Glyn, and starring Aileen Pringle, one of the biggest moneymakers at the time of the amalgamation.
|Directed by||King Vidor|
|Produced by||Irving Thalberg|
|Written by||Maude Fulton (intertitles)|
King Vidor (intertitles)
|Cinematography||John J. Mescall|
|Distributed by||Metro-Goldwyn Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Gritzko (John Gilbert) is a Russian nobleman and Tamara (Aileen Pringle) is the object of his desire.
- Aileen Pringle as Tamara Loraine
- John Gilbert as Gritzko
- Emily Fitzroy as Princess Ardacheff
- Lawrence Grant as Stephen Strong
- Dale Fuller as Olga Gleboff
- Mario Carillo as Count Valonne
- Jacqueline Gadsden as Tatiane Shebanoff (credited as Jacquelin Gadsdon)
- George Waggner as Sasha Basmanoff (credited as George Waggoner)
- Carrie Clark Ward as Prinncess Murieska
- Bertram Grassby as Boris Varishkine
- Jill Reties as Sonia Zaieskine
- Wilfred Gough as Lord Courtney
- Frederick Vroom as English Minister
- Mathilde Comont as Fat Harem Lady
- E. Eliazaroff as Khedive
- David Mir as Serge Greskoff
- Bert Sprotte as Ivan
- George Beranger as (credited as Andre Beranger)
- Virginia Adair (uncredited)
- Rowfat-Bey Haliloff as Dancer (uncredited)
- Mike Mitchell (uncredited)
- Jack Parker as Child (uncredited)
- Thais Valdemar (uncredited)
- A print is preserved at the Museum of Modern Art.
A former officer of the Russian Imperial Army, by now living in Los Angeles, served as a technical adviser on the film. His actual name has not been confirmed, however the studio press releases referred to him as Mike Mitchell. This film marked the first of four times that John Gilbert and King Vidor would work together. Despite showcasing his riding ability and appearance, Gilbert hated the script and felt it gave him nothing substantial to do as an actor.
MGM sent Elinor Glynn records which stated the film cost $211,930 and earned $317,442 resulting in a profit of only $105,511. This meant Glynn, who was entitled to 33.3% of net profits, earned $35,170.
- H. Mark Glancy, 'MGM Film Grosses, 1924-28: The Eddie Mannix Ledger', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 12 No. 2 1992 p127-144 at p129
- "Progressive Silent Film List: His Hour". silentera.com. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
- Golden, Eve; John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars; Lexington: University of Kentucky Press; pp. 81-82
- "The Novelist as Hollywood Star: Author Royalties and Studio Income in the 1920s" by Vincent L. Barnett, Film History Vol. 20, No. 3, Studio Systems (2008), pp. 281-293