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Glorious Betsy Reviews

An early part-sound picture, loosely based on the story of Napoleon's brother Jerome Bonaparte and his marriage to an American socialite. Jerome (Conrad Nagle) visits Baltimore in disguise, passing himself off as a tutor. He's engaged to give French lessons to the well-bred Elizabeth Patterson (Dolores Costello), and winds up falling in love with her. Jerome persuades Elizabeth to marry him, but after their wedding word arrives that Napoleon has become Emperor of France. Jerome -- who is expected to return home and make a politically appropriate marriage to the Princess of Wurtemburg -- is forced to reveal his true identity, and he and his wife sail for France. Napoleon refuses to allow Elizabeth to set foot on French soil, and has her sent back to Baltimore without her husband. On the eve of his marriage to the princess, Jerome escapes, and makes his was back to the U.S. There, he and Elizabeth, who has just given birth to their child, are happily reunited. A clunky costume picture featuring matinee idol Nagel and the popular Dolores Costello, GLORIOUS BETSY was praised primarily for its use of sound, still a novelty when it was released. Alan Crosland also directed THE JAZZ SINGER (1927).