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The Dec 1924 Photoplay announced that R. William Neill was directing The Desert Fiddler, the working title of Percy, with Charles Ray and Barbara Bedford.
       The 10 Jan 1925 Exhibitors Trade Review reported that George Marion was editing and tiling Percy at the Thomas H. Ince Studio in Culver City, ... More Less

The Dec 1924 Photoplay announced that R. William Neill was directing The Desert Fiddler, the working title of Percy, with Charles Ray and Barbara Bedford.
       The 10 Jan 1925 Exhibitors Trade Review reported that George Marion was editing and tiling Percy at the Thomas H. Ince Studio in Culver City, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
10 Jan 1925
p. 26.
Film Daily
5 Apr 1925.
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New York Times
25 Mar 1925
p. 24.
Photoplay
Dec 1924
p. 112.
Variety
25 Mar 1925.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Ed and titling
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Desert Fiddler by William Henry Hamby (Garden City, New York, 1921).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Desert Fiddler
Release Date:
5 April 1925
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 March 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas H. Ince Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 February 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21124
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,980
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Much to the disgust of his father, Percival Rogeen, whose only accomplishment is playing the violin, has been brought up by his doting mother as a mollycoddle. When the elder Rogeen runs for the Senate, his campaign manager, Breezy Barnes, offers to make a man of Percival. Barnes takes Percival to a cabaret and gets him drunk. Intoxicated for the first time in his life, Percival engineers a campaign stunt that ends in a street riot. He jumps on a freight train to avoid an enraged mob and ends up on the Mexican border, where he is saved by Holy Joe from a band of tramps who mistake him for a railroad detective. Joe, who makes a living by gambling at cards and selling Bibles, takes Percival to a local dancehall, where Percival makes a hit with his fiddling. Percival and Joe later go to work for Imogene Chandler, picking cotton on her ranch. Reedy Jenkins, the political boss of the district, shuts off the water at the local dam with the intention of driving out the cotton farmers. Percival goes to the dam, beats Jenkins in a fight, and dynamites the floodgates. Percival later marries Imogene and returns with her to the ... +


Much to the disgust of his father, Percival Rogeen, whose only accomplishment is playing the violin, has been brought up by his doting mother as a mollycoddle. When the elder Rogeen runs for the Senate, his campaign manager, Breezy Barnes, offers to make a man of Percival. Barnes takes Percival to a cabaret and gets him drunk. Intoxicated for the first time in his life, Percival engineers a campaign stunt that ends in a street riot. He jumps on a freight train to avoid an enraged mob and ends up on the Mexican border, where he is saved by Holy Joe from a band of tramps who mistake him for a railroad detective. Joe, who makes a living by gambling at cards and selling Bibles, takes Percival to a local dancehall, where Percival makes a hit with his fiddling. Percival and Joe later go to work for Imogene Chandler, picking cotton on her ranch. Reedy Jenkins, the political boss of the district, shuts off the water at the local dam with the intention of driving out the cotton farmers. Percival goes to the dam, beats Jenkins in a fight, and dynamites the floodgates. Percival later marries Imogene and returns with her to the East. +

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