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Private Life of Helen of Troy Details

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Setting the standard for his later light-hearted biopics and , producer-director Alexander Korda steadfastly refuses to take any of The Private Life of Helen of Troy seriously. Maria Corda, wife of the director, plays the title character as a fetchingly underdressed coquette, oblivious to all the political turmoil she's causing when she allows the handsome Paris (Ricardo Cortez) to kidnap her. Meanwhile, poor King Menelaus (Lewis Stone), Helen's husband, stands by in stoic silence, just as he's done on previous occasions when his wife succumbed to the charms of various sexy suitors (one of whom is played by future cowboy star "Wild Bill" Elliot). Finally galvanized into action, Menelaus reclaims his bride, who seems none the worse for wear for her experiences. Just in case the audience missed the fact that the film isn't meant to be taken seriously, the producers have inserted a number of wisecracking subtitles, juxtaposing stilted "ancient" prose with up-to-date slang. And during the film's New York engagement, the scene in which the Trojan Horse appears was accompanied by an orchestral rendition of Horses, Horses, Horses! The Private Life of Helen of Troy was supposed to have been based on a novel by John Erskine, but don't you believe it. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ralph Hammeras Best Visual Effects 1927 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ralph Hammeras Best Engineering Effects 1927 Nominee

Cast

Lewis Stone
as Menelaus
Ricardo Cortez
as Paris
George Fawcett
as Eteoneus
Alice White
as Adraste
Bert Sprotte
as Achilles
Mario Carillo
as Ajax
Constantine Romanoff
as Aeneas
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Telemachus
Constantine Romanoff
as Aeneas

Crew

Alexander Korda
Director
Carey Wilson
Producer
Carey Wilson
Screenwriter
John Erskine
Book Author
Lee Garmes
Cinematographer
Sidney Hickox
Cinematographer
Harold Young
Editor
Max Ree
Costume Designer
Casey Robinson
Intertitle Writer
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