The Real Adventure

Rose Stanton meets wealthy lawyer Rodney Aldrich on a Chicago tram. Shortly thereafter, the two are a happily married couple. But the young woman wants more than just loving pampering from her husband; she wants to be recognised as his equal partner. After her plans to study law collapse, Rose packs her bags and flees her gilded cage for New York. She works as a chorus girl before getting the opportunity to design the show’s costumes. When the company performs in Chicago, she meets up again with Rodney, who is not a fan of his wife’s career … As she did in The Other Half, Florence Vidor once again plays an emancipated woman in her husband’s film. Surrounded by nonchalant smokers and self-assured chorus girls, Rose demands respect, admiration, and friendship from her spouse. In King Vidor’s film adaptation of the bestselling book, there is a tried and true maxim to guide her, “every woman should have a trade in her hands”. No complete print of the film has survived. The second reel is missing and, at the end of the film, a scene featuring the birth of a child, which marks the start of The Real Adventure for the protagonist.
by King Vidor
with Florence Vidor, Clyde Fillmore, Nellie Peck Saunders, Lilyan McCarthy, Philip Ryder
USA 1922 English intertitles,  French intertitles 58’ Black/White & Tinting, 35 mm Restored version 2011 (incomplete)


  • Florence Vidor
  • Clyde Fillmore
  • Nellie Peck Saunders
  • Lilyan McCarthy
  • Philip Ryder


DirectorKing Vidor
ScreenplayMildred Considine
StoryHenry Kitchell Webster, The Real Adventure (1915)
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
ProducerArthur S. Kane

Produced by

Florence Vidor Productions, Cameo Pictures

Additional information

Print: La Cinémathèque de Toulouse

King Vidor

Filmography (selection)

1919 The Turn in the Road; Lost film 1925 The Big Parade (Die große Parade) 1928 The Crowd (Ein Mensch der Masse) 1929 Hallelujah 1934 Our Daily Bread (Der letzte Alarm) 1938 The Citadel 1940 Northwest Passage (Nordwest-Passage) 1947 Duel in the Sun (Duell in der Sonne) 1949 The Fountainhead (Ein Mann wie Sprengstoff) 1956 War and Peace (Krieg und Frieden) 1959 Solomon and Sheba (Salomon und die Königin von Saba)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020