Yolanda (film)

Yolanda is a 1924 silent historical film drama produced by William Randolph Hearst (through his Cosmopolitan Productions) and starring Marion Davies.[1] Robert G. Vignola directed as he had Enchantment (1921) and several other Davies costume films. The film is extant at Cinematheque de Belgique and the Museum of Modern Art and a trailer survives at the Library of Congress.[2][3] The film began production as a Metro-Goldwyn film, with the company becoming Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in May 1924.[4][5]

Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert G. Vignola
Produced byWilliam Randolph Hearst
Written byLuther Reed (screenplay)
Based onYolanda
by Charles Major
StarringMarion Davies
Music byWilliam Frederick Peters
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Ira H. Morgan
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as of May 1924)
Release date
February 19, 1924 (premiere)
September 15, 1924 (nationwide)
Running time
11 reels (10,700 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
(English intertitles)

This was the second Marion Davies vehicle produced by Cosmopolitan from a Charles Major novel, the first being the phenomenally successful (and expensive) When Knighthood Was in Flower in 1922. Unlike Knighthood, Yolanda was not financially successful.[6]



  • Roy Applegate - Sir Karl Pitti
  • Arthur Tovey -
  • Kit Wain - Peasant boy


In her 18th film, Marion Davies starred in another dual role: as Princess Mary of Burgundy and as Yolanda. Joseph Urban designed the mammoth sets which covered an city block on 2nd Avenue in New York. Exhibitors Herald noted it was the largest movie set ever built on the East Coast. This was the final Davies film Robert G. Vignola would direct. This was also the only pairing of Davies and Ralph Graves. While the film did well in big cities, that success did not extend to small towns and the film was generally considered a failure. It was just too similar to When Knighthood Was in Flower.[7]


  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Yolanda
  2. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Yolanda
  3. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  4. Yolanda at silentera.com database
  5. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  6. Pegolotti, James A. Deems Taylor: A Biography. Northeast University Press. p 119. Web 27 June 2014
  7. Lorusso, Edward (2017) The Silent Films of Marion Davies, CreateSpace, pp. 96-97.
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