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According to the 18 Mar 1921 Var, film rights for Frank Norris’s 1898 novel Moran of the Lady Letty; a Story of Adventure Off the California Coast were purchased by Lasky studios from Ruth Allen, with Dorothy Dalton set to star in the picture.
       Seven months later, the 15 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News announced the casting of Rudolph Valentino and reported that filmmakers had departed to San Francisco, CA, for location shooting. On the shores of Paradise Cove along the San Francisco Bay, a complete Mexican town was constructed with some twenty buildings made of adobe, plaster, and wood, with thatched roofs, to replicate an impoverished Mexican village, according to the 12 Nov 1921 Moving Picture World. Rudolph Bylek, listed as the film’s technical director for the producer, is credited for supervising the construction.
       The 26 Nov 1921 Moving Picture World announced that after five-weeks in San Francisco, production returned to the Paramount West Coast/Lasky Studios in Los Angeles, CA, where interiors were completed. The 10 Dec 1921 Moving Picture World reported that principal photography had recently finished.
       The Jun 1922 issue of The Educational Screen listed Moran of the Lady Letty as one of the year’s “Ten Worst Productions (of those reviewed so far).” It called the film “Not aggressively but rather indifferently poor. A clumsy vehicle for the talents of Dorothy Dalton and Rodolph Valentino."
       It is available on YouTube in ... More Less

According to the 18 Mar 1921 Var, film rights for Frank Norris’s 1898 novel Moran of the Lady Letty; a Story of Adventure Off the California Coast were purchased by Lasky studios from Ruth Allen, with Dorothy Dalton set to star in the picture.
       Seven months later, the 15 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News announced the casting of Rudolph Valentino and reported that filmmakers had departed to San Francisco, CA, for location shooting. On the shores of Paradise Cove along the San Francisco Bay, a complete Mexican town was constructed with some twenty buildings made of adobe, plaster, and wood, with thatched roofs, to replicate an impoverished Mexican village, according to the 12 Nov 1921 Moving Picture World. Rudolph Bylek, listed as the film’s technical director for the producer, is credited for supervising the construction.
       The 26 Nov 1921 Moving Picture World announced that after five-weeks in San Francisco, production returned to the Paramount West Coast/Lasky Studios in Los Angeles, CA, where interiors were completed. The 10 Dec 1921 Moving Picture World reported that principal photography had recently finished.
       The Jun 1922 issue of The Educational Screen listed Moran of the Lady Letty as one of the year’s “Ten Worst Productions (of those reviewed so far).” It called the film “Not aggressively but rather indifferently poor. A clumsy vehicle for the talents of Dorothy Dalton and Rodolph Valentino."
       It is available on YouTube in 2016. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
18 Feb 1922
p. 53.
Motion Picture News
15 Oct 1921.
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Motion Picture News
24 Dec 1921.
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Moving Picture World
12 Nov 1921.
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Moving Picture World
26 Nov 1921.
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Moving Picture World
10 Dec 1921
p. 669.
Photoplay
Apr 1922
p. 49-51, 102-103.
The Educational Screen
June 1922
p. 203.
Variety
18 Mar 1921
p. 38.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Moran of the Lady Letty
a Story of Adventure Off the California Coast by Frank Norris (New York, 1898).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 February 1922
Production Date:
ended early December 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 February 1922
Copyright Number:
LP17563
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,360
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In San Francisco, Ramon Laredo, a wealthy young socialite, meets Moran, a strong and unconventional girl, on his way to a yachting party. Later, Ramon is drugged, shanghaied, and taken aboard a smuggling schooner bound for Mexico. On board, he suffers from the brutality of Captain Kitchell. Moran's ship, the Lady Letty, catches fire and is boarded by Kitchell's men; Ramon discovers the girl dressed as a man, the only survivor of the crew, and keeps her identity a secret from the captain. Arriving in Mexico, Ramon and Kitchell find a treasure on the beach, and Kitchell plots to gain possession of both the money and Moran, whom he perceives to be a girl. A fight on the schooner between Ramon and the crew and Kitchell and his smugglers results in the captain's subjugation; Ramon takes command, and the ship returns to San Francisco. There, Kitchell escapes and attacks Moran, who is saved by Ramon while Kitchell is drowned. Ramon embraces Moran and announces his plans to marry ... +


In San Francisco, Ramon Laredo, a wealthy young socialite, meets Moran, a strong and unconventional girl, on his way to a yachting party. Later, Ramon is drugged, shanghaied, and taken aboard a smuggling schooner bound for Mexico. On board, he suffers from the brutality of Captain Kitchell. Moran's ship, the Lady Letty, catches fire and is boarded by Kitchell's men; Ramon discovers the girl dressed as a man, the only survivor of the crew, and keeps her identity a secret from the captain. Arriving in Mexico, Ramon and Kitchell find a treasure on the beach, and Kitchell plots to gain possession of both the money and Moran, whom he perceives to be a girl. A fight on the schooner between Ramon and the crew and Kitchell and his smugglers results in the captain's subjugation; Ramon takes command, and the ship returns to San Francisco. There, Kitchell escapes and attacks Moran, who is saved by Ramon while Kitchell is drowned. Ramon embraces Moran and announces his plans to marry her. +

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