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The Road to Yesterday (1925)

A married couple discover their strained relationship is the result of unhappiness in their past lives.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Beulah Marie Dix (story), Howard Hawks (titles) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Joseph Schildkraut ... Kenneth Paulton
Jetta Goudal ... Malena Paulton
William Boyd ... Jack Moreland
Vera Reynolds ... Beth Tyrell
Trixie Friganza ... Harriet Tyrell
Casson Ferguson ... Adrian Thompkyns
Julia Faye ... Dolly Foules
Clarence Burton ... Hugh Armstrong
Charles West ... Wyatt Earnshaw
Josephine Norman ... Anne Vener
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Storyline

Malena's apparent frigidity toward her husband Kenneth is a result of injustice done in an earlier incarnation when he was a knight and she was a gypsy headed for burning at the stake. This becomes evident when their unconscious minds travel back from a train wreck in the American plains to Elizabethan England. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A Cecil B. DeMille Special

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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The play by Beulah Marie Dix and Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland opened on Broadway on December 31st, 1906, at the Herald Square Theatre. It ran for almost a year, closing in August, 1907, at the Lyric Theatre, after 210 performances. The cast included Julia Blanc, Minnie Dupree, Agnes Everett, Alice Gale, Wright Kramer, Miriam Nesbitt and Helen Ware. See more »

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Featured in Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) See more »

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Slick DeMille entertainment using reincarnation theme
12 August 2000 | by rfkeserSee all my reviews

Inexplicably setting this romantic drama at the Grand Canyon, Cecil B. DeMille was probably trying to signal the grandiosity of his reincarnation theme. However, his real intention is to deliver the box-office goods: in this case, a trainwreck, a nice swordfight, a lashing, a witchburning, not one but TWO virginity-threatening wedding nights, plus his usual comforting religious affirmation.

The plot follows two couples: glum newlyweds Joseph Schildkraut and Jetta Goudal are conflicted in their unconsummated marriage, while flapper Vera Reynolds deserts her boring fiancee for virile minister William Boyd. Soon--though inexplicably--they all find themselves on the same train to San Francisco; a crash then [inexplicably] rockets them all back to the Elizabethan era. While the four stars reconfigure their relationships, everyone spouts much Renaissance Faire dialogue ["Thou art the wastefulest tapster that ever vexed a gentle tavern-woman!"]

While DeMille tolerates some of the miming and pointing that gives silent film acting a bad name, the leads are all appealing, especially William Boyd, whose playful zest suggests early Errol Flynn. Despite playing both an innocent bride and a swarthy gypsy, the exotic Jetta Goudal gets little character to develop as both roles are one-dimensional [her performance in WHITE GOLD is considerably more complex]. The twentieth-century Joseph Schildkraut makes a credible protagonist, but the seventeenth-century Schildkraut acquires a dark bob and a pearl earring, uncannily anticipating Jack Lemmon's "Daphne" in SOME LIKE IT HOT.

In the end, what's most impressive is how smoothly DeMille manages to pack great chunks of romance, drama, action, and spectacle into this fast-moving vehicle, but anyone looking for a thoughtful treatment of reincarnation had best look elsewhere.


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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

15 November 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Eterno See more »

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Budget:

$477,480 (estimated)
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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