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Three Weeks (film)

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Three Weeks
Three Weeks poster
Directed byAlan Crosland
Written byCarey Wilson
Elinor Glyn
Based onThree Weeks
by Elinor Glyn
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
CinematographyJohn J. Mescall
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • February 10, 1924 (1924-02-10)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$477,553.28[1]

Three Weeks is a 1924 American drama film directed by Alan Crosland. The movie is based on the 1907 novel of the same name by Elinor Glyn. Formerly a lost film, the FIAF database indicates a print is preserved by Russia's Gosfilmofond.[2][3]

The novel had previously been made into the American film in 1914 [it], directed by Perry N. Vekroff and starring Madlaine Traverse and George C. Pearce,[4] and in a 1917 Hungarian film titled Három hét that was directed by Márton Garas.[5] The 1924 production was the first to be authorized and supervised by Glyn, which was noted in advertising for the film.


The Queen of Sardalia is in a bad marriage with the brutal King Constantine II. She decides to get away from her normal life for a period and goes on vacation to Switzerland. There, she meets Paul Verdayne. They have an affair, which lasts for three weeks.[6]


Aileen Pringle and Conrad Nagel
Aileen Pringle and Conrad Nagel


For a well known scene from the novel involving the Queen and a tiger skin, Glyn's script states that, rather than describing it, she would enact it for director Crosland on the set.[5] In the film, the Queen is lying on a tiger skin provided by Paul when he comes into the room. She tells him to sit in a chair and then, shown from Paul's point of view, the Queen spreads herself on the tiger skin, runs her hands through the fur, arches her back, and closes her eyes,[5] signifying her agreement to their affair.


According to contemporary records, the film made a profit of $162,825.23. Glyn was entitled to 40% of the profits and earned $65,130.[1]

Preservation status

Three Weeks survives with a copy in the Gosfilmofond archive in Moscow.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "The Novelist as Hollywood Star: Author Royalties and Studio Income in the 1920s" by Vincent L. Barnett, Film History, Vol. 20, No. 3, Studio Systems (2008), pp. 281–293
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Three Weeks at
  3. ^ a b The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Three Weeks
  4. ^ Internet Movie Database Overview of the 1914 version
  5. ^ a b c Horak, Laura (2010). ""Would You Like to Sin With Elinor Glyn?" Film As a Vehicle of Sensual Education". Camera Obscura. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 25 (2): 75–117. doi:10.1215/02705346-2010-003. ISSN 1529-1510. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  6. ^ New York Times Overview (plot)
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