Louis B. Mayer Presents
A Metro-Goldwyn Picture
Released: August 18, 1924

Featured cast: James Kirkwood, Adolphe Menjou, Norma Shearer

Producer: Irving G. Thalberg
Director: Reginald Barker
Screenwriters: Sada Cowan, Howard Higgin
Source: the Meredith M. Nicholson novel
Cinematographer: Percy Hilburn


A college dropout meets a wealthy married man at a house party.


“Reginald Barker has borrowed Mae Busch from Goldwyn and Adolphe Menjou from Famous to appear in Broken Barriers.”
- “Borrows Busch and Menjou,” The Film Daily, February 29, 1924

Note: This film was begun under the Goldwyn banner, before the merger with Metro and Mayer, and then adopted by the new company, which was then called Metro-Goldwyn. As it transpired, Adolphe Menjou was not borrowed for the project.


“Norma Shearer reveals a steady improvement in her screen work as the girl. She will bear watching. The picture is slightly better than passable film fare.”
- Photoplay, October 1924

“This production has a happy but disappointing end­ing which comes with such a jolt that one can hardly believe the picture is finished. There are moments of interest in this film, but the story belongs in the bewil­dering and quite impossible category.”
- Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times, August 4, 1924


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