A Perfect Crime (1921)

Comedy-drama | 27 March 1921

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HISTORY

A Perfect Crime marked Jacqueline Logan’s feature film debut. An article in the May 1921 issue of Picture-Play Magazine stated that director Allan Dwan discovered Logan while she was dancing with the Ziegfeld Follies. Upon learning her name, he “immediately annexed her to play the leading role in his newest picture.” Dwan assumed Logan would be a good actress, based on her combination of French and Irish names, as “the combination of French and Irish is ideal for the stage.”
       An 11 Feb 1921 Var item announced that principal photography had concluded. Days later, the 20 Feb 1921 Exhibitors Herald noted that the picture was being edited and titled, with plans for a late Feb 1921 release. The latter also noted that Alfred Cheney Johnson had travelled to Los Angeles, CA, from New York City to shoot “special stills of the production.”
       An advertisement in the 28 Oct 1921 Var alerted exhibitors that Associated Producers films currently in release, including A Perfect Crime, were now being distributed by Associated First National Pictures, ... More Less

A Perfect Crime marked Jacqueline Logan’s feature film debut. An article in the May 1921 issue of Picture-Play Magazine stated that director Allan Dwan discovered Logan while she was dancing with the Ziegfeld Follies. Upon learning her name, he “immediately annexed her to play the leading role in his newest picture.” Dwan assumed Logan would be a good actress, based on her combination of French and Irish names, as “the combination of French and Irish is ideal for the stage.”
       An 11 Feb 1921 Var item announced that principal photography had concluded. Days later, the 20 Feb 1921 Exhibitors Herald noted that the picture was being edited and titled, with plans for a late Feb 1921 release. The latter also noted that Alfred Cheney Johnson had travelled to Los Angeles, CA, from New York City to shoot “special stills of the production.”
       An advertisement in the 28 Oct 1921 Var alerted exhibitors that Associated Producers films currently in release, including A Perfect Crime, were now being distributed by Associated First National Pictures, Inc.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
20 Feb 1921
p. 74.
Moving Picture World
19 Feb 1921
p. 918.
Picture-Play Magazine
May 1921.
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Variety
11 Feb 1921
p. 43.
Variety
4 Mar 1921
p. 44.
Variety
22 Apr 1921.
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Variety
28 Oct 1921.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "A Perfect Crime," by Carl Clausen in Saturday Evening Post (25 Sep 1920).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 March 1921
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 22 April 1921 at the Broadway Theatre
Production Date:
Winter 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Allan Dwan Productions
Copyright Date:
21 February 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16171
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,739
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Wally Griggs, a timid bank messenger, lives another life as a dashing young sport whose tales of wild adventure interest bank president Halliday and romantically fascinate Mary, who has been swindled out of a fortune by Thaine, now district attorney. When Wally decides to hide some bank bonds and is arrested by Thaine, he sues for false imprisonment and wins back Mary's money. He then returns the bank funds, pretending aphasia, and decides to become an ... +


Wally Griggs, a timid bank messenger, lives another life as a dashing young sport whose tales of wild adventure interest bank president Halliday and romantically fascinate Mary, who has been swindled out of a fortune by Thaine, now district attorney. When Wally decides to hide some bank bonds and is arrested by Thaine, he sues for false imprisonment and wins back Mary's money. He then returns the bank funds, pretending aphasia, and decides to become an author. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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