The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927)

Setting the standard for his later light-hearted biopics The Private Life of Henry VIII and Rembrandt, 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.

Directing:
  • Alexander Korda

Stars:
Release Date: 1927-12-09
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 87

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Ricardo Cortez
Ricardo Corte...
Paris
Lewis Stone
Lewis Stone
Menelaus
George Fawcett
George Fawcet...
Eteoneus
Alice White
Alice White
Adraste
Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott
Telemachus
Bert Sprotte
Bert Sprotte
Achilles
Charles Puffy
Charles Puffy
Malapokitoratoreadetos
María Corda
María Corda
Helen
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