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In the English countryside, young woman Mary Viner has an opportunity to marry Arnold Furze, the hard working but lonely owner of the oddly named Doomsday Farm. He sacrifices a treasured ... See full summary »

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Rowland V. Lee

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Doris Anderson (adaptation), Warwick Deeping (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Florence Vidor ... Mary Viner
Gary Cooper ... Arnold Furze
Lawrence Grant ... Percival Fream
Charles A. Stevenson ... Capt. Hesketh Viner
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In the English countryside, young woman Mary Viner has an opportunity to marry Arnold Furze, the hard working but lonely owner of the oddly named Doomsday Farm. He sacrifices a treasured stand of old trees to afford to bring the farm up-to-date for her, but when she considers the hard work she'll do, marries the rich but otherwise inadequate local banker, to her regret. Written by WesternOne

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One bartered for her love, the other gave his love- Which did she choose? (Print Ad- Cortland Standard, ((Cortland, NY)) 23 July 1928) See more »

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18 February 1928 (USA) See more »

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Escrava por Amor See more »

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Silent Sensuality, Elegant And Discreet
2 November 2006 | by FerdinandVonGalitzienSee all my reviews

Dame Mary Viner ( Dame Florence Vidor ) lives life full of drudgery in her ordinary cottage together with her infirm father. She also has two neighbours in the vicinity with different but yet similar interests in her. The first suitor is Herr Percival Fream (Lawrence Grant), an old millionaire who offers Mary a life of luxury the day she accepts his marriage proposal to marry him. This would allow her to change occupations on that day - from washing, cleaning and sweeping to more elegant tasks, like wearing "haute couture" gowns or to bear the guests who come to dinner at night.

The second one is Arnold Furze (Gary Cooper), a young but poor farmer who only can offer Mary the same dreary life and his love… and believe this German aristocrat, in spite of the fact that he is handsome Cary Grant in his twenties, that's a poor deal … obviously Dame Mary, like all smart girls around the world, have always preferred to wear Manolo's rather than gumboots.

The most interesting aspect of "Doomsday", directed by Herr Rowland V. Lee and starring the popular star Dame Florence Vidor (who ended her silent career when the talkies appeared) as well as the promising actor Herr Cooper, is that it is a film with implied sensuality, elegant and discreet. As an example of these erotic, silent matters, there are two remarkable and subtle scenes in the film. There's Mary and Arnold kissing each other passionately in a hay pile. And when the same Mary wants to divorce Herr Percival because their marriage wasn't, ehem… consummated, there are the many close-ups of Herr Gary Cooper's smile and teeth with libidinous glances among those lovers.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must offer to one of his fat German heiress a life of luxury… thanks to her money.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/


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