When Knighthood Was in Flower ★★★

King Henry VIII intends his sister, Mary Tudor, to marry the aged Louis XII, King of France. The young and beautiful Mary prefers the handsome, young Captain of the Guard, Charles Brandon. The soothsayer predicts that Mary will be the Queen of France and will be happy after a death.

An entertaining and lavishly produced silent film stars Marion Davies, supported by her frequent co-star Forrest Stanley. William Powell, who mostly played villainous characters during the silent period, has a small role.

The Sword and the Rose (1953) is a fun, talkie version of the same story starring Glynis Johns and Richard Todd, produced by Walt Disney Studios.