Synopsis by Janiss Garza
Both Ramon Novarro and Barbara LaMarr had just appeared in Prisoner of Zenda and their careers were on the ascendant when director Rex Ingram used them once again for this remake of his 1917 picture Black Orchids. However, Lewis Stone -- also a Prisoner of Zenda alumnus -- almost steals the show. Leon de Severac (Pomeroy Cannon) is lecturing his daughter, Jacqueline (LaMarr), about her flirtatious ways. To hammer his point home, he tells her the following tale: Zareda, a beautiful fortune teller (also LaMarr), is loved by Ivan de Maupin (Navarro). Ivan's father, the Baron (Edward Connelly) also lusts after her, and Ivan comes to believe she is faithless. He goes to war and Zareda learns that the Baron is planning on poisoning the Marquis Ferroni (Stone), a millionaire. She makes sure the wine glasses -- one of which contains the poison -- are switched, and the Baron dies instead. Zareda marries the Marquis and when Ivan returns from battle, she instigates a duel between the two men. The Marquis is fatally wounded, but when he sees his scheming wife in Ivan's arms, he summons up enough life force to make sure that the pair meet untimely demises. Black Orchids was originally a novel by Honore de Balzac.
aristocracy, death, duel, dungeon, fortuneteller, murder, son, sorcerer