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The Rocks of Valpre (1935 film)

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The Rocks of Valpre
Original British trade ad
Directed byHenry Edwards
Written byH. Fowler Mear
Based onthe novel The Rocks of Valpré by Ethel M. Dell
Produced byJulius Hagen
StarringJohn Garrick
Winifred Shotter
Leslie Perrins
CinematographySydney Blythe
Edited byMichael C. Chorlton
Music byW.L. Trytel
Real Art Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures (UK)
Release dates
  • 8 July 1935 (1935-07-08) (UK)
  • 26 January 1937 (1937-01-26) (US)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Rocks of Valpre is a 1935 British crime film directed by Henry Edwards and starring John Garrick, Winifred Shotter and Leslie Perrins.[1] The film was made at Twickenham Studios.[2] It was based on the 1913 novel of the same name by Ethel M. Dell,[3] and was released in the U.S. as High Treason.[4] The film is set in the mid-nineteenth century with plot elements resembling the later Dreyfus Case.

Plot summary

In a quaint coastal village in France, a young English woman finds herself captivated by the charms of a French cavalry officer. Unfortunately, their passionate love story takes an abrupt turn when she is abruptly sent back to England to complete her education in a convent. Simultaneously, her paramour is unjustly accused of espionage by a rival officer, leading to his imprisonment on Devil's Island. As she resumes her life in England, she eventually enters into a comfortable and respectable marriage with a wealthy Englishman.

A decade later, her tranquility is disrupted when she faces the threat of blackmail. In a surprising twist of fate, her former lover manages to escape from Devil's Island to rush to her aid. However, the toll of his time in the penal colony has left him seriously ill, and tragically, he succumbs shortly after reuniting with his lost love.


Critical reception

TV Guide dismissed it as a "Sappy drama."[5]

See also


  1. ^ "The Rocks of Valpre (1935)". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Britmovie - Home of British Films".
  3. ^ Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "High Treason (1937) - Henry Edwards - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie".
  5. ^ "High Treason".

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