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The 1 Sep 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review reported that director George Melford was preparing to film "campaign scenes along the upper Nile." Lead actors and extras playing British troops, natives, and Bedouin horsemen were set to film in the Arizona desert. The 1 Sep 1923 Motion Picture News noted that they were already on ... More Less

The 1 Sep 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review reported that director George Melford was preparing to film "campaign scenes along the upper Nile." Lead actors and extras playing British troops, natives, and Bedouin horsemen were set to film in the Arizona desert. The 1 Sep 1923 Motion Picture News noted that they were already on location. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
1 Sep 1923
p. 599.
Motion Picture News
1 Sep 1923
p. 1119.
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 November 1923
Premiere Information:
New York showing: 25 Oct 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 November 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19603
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,013
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Artist Dick Heldar becomes famous for his wartime sketches and returns to London, where he meets Maisie Wells, his childhood sweetheart, who encourages him to paint a masterpiece. Street urchin Bessie Broke becomes his model for the portrait and falls in love with Dick's friend Torpenhow. Bessie revenges herself on Dick for separating her from her lover by leading Maisie to believe that she is Dick's mistress. Dick finishes the protrait before his failing eyesight--caused by a sabre wound he received in the Sudan--completely deteriorates. Bessie, still angry, destroys the newly finished picture, but later she relents and reveals the truth about her relationship with Dick to the estranged Maisie, who hastens to Dick's studio and dedicates herself to caring for ... +


Artist Dick Heldar becomes famous for his wartime sketches and returns to London, where he meets Maisie Wells, his childhood sweetheart, who encourages him to paint a masterpiece. Street urchin Bessie Broke becomes his model for the portrait and falls in love with Dick's friend Torpenhow. Bessie revenges herself on Dick for separating her from her lover by leading Maisie to believe that she is Dick's mistress. Dick finishes the protrait before his failing eyesight--caused by a sabre wound he received in the Sudan--completely deteriorates. Bessie, still angry, destroys the newly finished picture, but later she relents and reveals the truth about her relationship with Dick to the estranged Maisie, who hastens to Dick's studio and dedicates herself to caring for him. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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