Beyond the Rocks

[reconstructed titles from "original continuity script"]

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   In a sequestered village
on the Dorset Coast of England -

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- lives the gay and kindly 
Captain Fitzgerald, on the 
meager pension of a broken 
  and retired guardsman.

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Captain Dominic Fitzgerald.

     - ALEC FRANCIS -

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     Clementine and Sarah, 
   daughters of a misalliance
 of the Captain's youth, see in
their beautiful young half-sister
   the only hope of restoring
      the family fortunes.

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  "Theodora mustn't acquire
romantic notions about husbands
   being Prince Charmings!"

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       "She must marry
a rich man, and help poor dear 
        papa - and us!"

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     Theodora Fitzgerald. Love
for dear papa is Theodora's religion.

       - GLORIA SWANSON -

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      Hector, tenth Earl of
  Bracondale, inherits his title 
from a long line of English noblemen
  and his passionate love of life
    and beauty from a highborn 
       Italian grandmother.

       - RUDOLPH VALENTINO -

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"Why, it's Bracondale!"

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   "It is a narcissus -
but I'm afraid its fragrance
 has all been washed away."

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"It was Lord Bracondale 
     who saved me!"

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"Wonderful - but not the 
     marrying kind."

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   Eventually Fate brings
for Theodora a suitor who meets
   the family requirements.

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          Josiah Brown,
 risen from grocer's assistant to
multi-millionaire, is eager to crown
  his achievement by a marriage
   with youth and aristocracy.

        - ROBERT BOLDER -

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 "I wish he weren't 
quite so impossible."

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"My dear, no man with 
millions is impossible."

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"Has he proposed?"

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"No - but I am afraid 
   he's going to."

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   "Why, Theodora, you don't 
mean to say that you would hesitate 
to do a little thing like that for 
          dear papa?"

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"Oh, I'd do anything 
   for dear papa."

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"You're a lucky girl, Theodora!"

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"We're going on to the church."

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 "Have you seen the 
marriage settlement?"

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"Darling child, you need 
not marry this man if you 
    do not want to."

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"Yes, dear - I - I - want to."

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After the wedding breakfast -
 Mr. And Mrs. Josiah Brown.

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"Are you happy, papa?"

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 A quaint inn, high in the
snow-clad Alps, should offer
   a paradise for lovers.

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      But Theodora finds
 her honeymoon sadly different
from that of her girlish dreams.

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  That same evening
a party of distinguished
 English folk arrives.

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The Countess of Bracandale,
     Hector's mother.

   - EDYTHE CHAPMAN -

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    Morella Winmarleigh,
an English heiress, whom the
Countess of Bracandale hopes
to have as a daughter-in-law.

     - GERTRUDE ASTOR -

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  Jane McBride, a rich 
American widow, has taken 
 Theodora under her wing.

   - MABEL VAN BUREN -

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    "What you need is 
exercise - I'm going to take
  you climbing tomorrow."

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  "My dear lady, in this
altitude I can hardly get my
   breath sitting still."

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Next morning.

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"Theodora - help is coming!"

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"We can't pull you up."

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"Lower us to the next ledge."

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"Our rope's too short.
We are going for help."

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 "Fate seems to send you
to me when I most need you,
     Lord Bracandale."

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"Don't you remember pulling 
  me out of the water?"

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"Why, you're Fitzgerald's
    little daughter!"

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Rescue may come too soon.

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   The next day finds Josiah 
 Brown in a flutter to quit the 
Alpine altitudes - they no longer
 appeal to him as a place of
        rest and quiet.

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"We shall meet in Paris soon."

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  Theodora has always looked 
forward to Paris as a playground
 of love and laughter, but ...

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   "You and Theodora ought 
to get out more, Josiah - dine
       with me tonight."

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"Well, there's no reason
 why you should not come,
        dear girl."

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 Lord Bracondale was close
on the heels of Mrs. McBride
 when she arrived in Paris.

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"When do you expect the Browns?"

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"You are rather interested 
in the Browns, aren't you?"

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  Acquaintance may ripen
rapidly in the hour between
 the headwaiter's greeting
      and the coffee.

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  "Some day soon I'm going
to kidnap your father - he has
     promised to show me 
         Versailles."

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"Oh, I should love to go too -
   as soon as Josiah feels 
        well enough."

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   "I shall always associate
this wonderful perfume with you -"

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 Versailles holds no attraction
for Josiah; but Hector contrives
   to be one of the party.

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    From the gilded glories 
of the Palace they stroll through
the historic gardens and come at
  last to the Arbor of Psyche.

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 "It was here the gallants of
long ago played their stately games
 of love. Suppose we call them
 back again - out of the past?"

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"How wonderful that would be!"

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 "Among the Queen's ladies
was a little Marquise. She was
bewitching, yet so reserved that
she was the despair of all the
  gallants of the Court -"

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"- until one lover, bolder
     than the rest -"

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 "Wasn't it fortunate for
the bold lover that the heart
 of the Marquise was as warm
  as her eyes were tender?"

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"You are more beautiful,
more bewitching than she
- Theodora, I love you -
     I adore you -"

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"Oh, Hector, it was all so real,
   so beautiful - and now -"

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     "Forgive me -
I did not realize - I love 
  you too much to make
      you unhappy."

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"And I love you -"

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"- but if we are not stronger 
  than our love, we must 
      not meet again."

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Hector returns to London.

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      Lady Anningford,
Hector's sister, has always been 
   his pal and confidante.

      - JUNE ELVIDGE -

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"Is something troubling my boy?"


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"Morella will be so glad
      to see you."

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"Well, Hector, tell me all about it -
      who is she this time?"

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      Anne has listened to 
many of Hector's love affairs but 
 she realizes that this one is 
      altogether different.

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  "But, Hector, she is 
married - you cannot continue 
     such an affair!"

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  "I know, but I can worship 
and serve her - and I want you 
      to be her friend."

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"Well - I'll call on her as soon 
     as she comes to town."

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     Ann not only calls upon 
Theodora, but carries the Browns 
 off to Beachleigh, her country 
     place, for Whitsuntide.

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         And while Theodora 
    is rehearsing her part in the 
 pageant - Josiah is listening with 
feverish interest to Sir Lionel Grey, 
      the celebrated explorer.

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    "- and if I can persuade 
you to finance this expedition into 
Northern Africa, I am sure you will 
 find the trip of interest - and 
     success might bring you 
          a Knighthood."

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   Although Hector is not 
 expected at Beachleigh, the 
temptation to be near Theodora 
     proves too strong.

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"Do you think you should
 have come here - under
   the circumstances?"

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 "Perhaps not, but it means 
so much to me just to see her."

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"Why, there is Hector!"

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 "What devotion, Morella -
he has braved a house party
     to be near you!"

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"Mr. Brown has consented
to finance our expedition -"

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   "I am not so sure it was 
devotion to me that brought him 
        to Beachleigh."

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    "I'm furnishing the funds
for Sir Lionel's trip, and d'you know,
  I'm half tempted to go with him."

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  "Furnish the money, if you
like, Mr. Brown - but I advise you 
      to stay in England."

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"The journey is difficult
and the desert tribes are 
 lawless - and you might
    never come back."

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     "Sir Lionel didn't mention
danger. I'll finance the trip - but I'll
   take your advice and stay here."

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"I am glad you are 
not going, Josiah."

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"This calls me to London -
  but it is good news."

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    "Take me with you, 
Josiah - please don't leave 
      me here alone."

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"Nonsense - you can't leave -
  you are in the pageant."

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"I'll return for you - just as soon
   as our love nest is ready."

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    Theodora has succeeded 
in avoiding Hector up to the very
     hour of the pageant -

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  - and Hector is in a
frame of mind to seize any
opportunity to get a moment
     with her alone.

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   "I'd chuck this pageant rot -
dressing up and all that - except for
the prospect of holding the alluring 
      Theodora in my arms."

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  "I do love you, Hector -
love you so much that I dare 
     not trust myself."

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   "Then why struggle -
why suffer more? Let me take
    you away - tonight."

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    "No, no - I could
never live under the shadow 
   of my broken word."

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   "This only proves 
that we are not stronger 
     than our love."

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"Hector you must go away."

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 After Hector's departure
for London, Theodora decides
  between love and duty.

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Next morning in London when
 the second post arrives -

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"I could kill you, you thief -
  you have stolen my wife!"

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"We have said good-bye,
and I am leaving England 
   for a long time."

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    "My everlasting grief
will be that I have brought sorrow
  into the life of one who is
        dear to us both."

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    "What made him 
change his mind and go on 
  this dangerous trip?"

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   "Then he knows
that you and I - love 
     each other?"

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  "Oh, Hector, he means
to sacrifice himself for us -
    we must stop him!"

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"We will stop him!
 Wire your father 
   to join us -"

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   After a week's journey
through trackless desert sands,
  Josiah's party reaches 
     its destination.

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"Is that it?"

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    After a hurried trip
    across France and the
 Mediterranean - Theodora, her
father and Hector, joined by an
  escort of Algerian soldiers,
  pass through the gateway
    to the Great Sahara.

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At dawn.

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       Then the work
  of the day commences, as
they delve into the mysteries 
       of the past.

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"We are almost there."

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   "A most interesting find -
  an account of the punishment
meted out by the ancient Egyptians
     to an unfaithful wife."

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        "Poor creature!
   She may have been married 
to some selfish, ailing old duffer,
  and when real love came along
  the temptation was too great."

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     Hassan Ben Ali,
chief of a band of desert 
marauders, respects no law 
   - human or divine.

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     "This attack is 
a beastly outrage! I shall
  report it to the Home
   Office - personally!"

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    "Lie down,
or you won't report
anything to anyone!"

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      "Do not grieve.
You are young - and I - I want
     you to be - happy."

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   Time dries all 
tears, and when another 
 spring-time comes ...

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 "Darling, we have 
passed the rocks and 
 here are the safe 
  waters beyond."


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