Last week, I climbed this blog’s highest rooftop to announce that Thrilling Days of Yesteryear had agreed to co-host a giveaway sponsored by Flicker Alley: they are going to hand out a Blu-ray/DVD combo copy of their upcoming April 4th release of Behind the Door (1919), a World War I drama recently restored as a collaborative effort by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Gosfilmofond of Russia. Memorably described by silent film historian Kevin Brownlow as “the most outspoken of all the vengeance films,” Door stars Hobart Bosworth, Jane Novak, and Wallace Beery in a movie that blends romance, action, and suspense.
|Jane Novak, Hobart Bosworth|
|James Gordon, Bosworth|
Before his stint with the Navy, however, Oscar secretly weds Alice…and when her father discovers this, he arranges for her belongings to be stored at curbside. Alice joins Oscar on the “Perth” (his ship) despite a no-civilians rule on the government ship through a bit o’ chicanery (she poses as a nurse) …yet thanks to an unscrupulous U-boat commander (Wallace Beery), the future of our couple soon heads toward tragedy.
|Wallace Beery, Bosworth|