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An article in the 23 Jun 1923 Moving Picture World announced Metro Pictures Corporation’s fall production schedule, noting that Pleasure Mad was one of four films to be released in Nov 1923. Another news brief in the 23 Jun 1923 Moving Picture World indicated that filmmakers had “definitely decided” to use the title, Pleasure Mad, rather than the title of the film’s 1922 source novel by Blanche Upright, The Valley of Content. Casting was completed by mid-Jul, and principal photography began the last week of that same month, according to briefs in the 21 and 28 Jul 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review. Production, which took place at Louis B. Mayer’s studios in Los Angeles, CA, continued throughout Aug 1923, as indicated by 4 and 25 Aug 1923 Motion Picture News reports. The film was released as planned in Nov 1923, and a 29 Nov 1923 Var column reported a box-office gross of $19,000 at the Warfield movie theater in San Francisco, CA. The strong showing was attributed to the fact that writer Blanche Upright was born and raised in San ... More Less

An article in the 23 Jun 1923 Moving Picture World announced Metro Pictures Corporation’s fall production schedule, noting that Pleasure Mad was one of four films to be released in Nov 1923. Another news brief in the 23 Jun 1923 Moving Picture World indicated that filmmakers had “definitely decided” to use the title, Pleasure Mad, rather than the title of the film’s 1922 source novel by Blanche Upright, The Valley of Content. Casting was completed by mid-Jul, and principal photography began the last week of that same month, according to briefs in the 21 and 28 Jul 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review. Production, which took place at Louis B. Mayer’s studios in Los Angeles, CA, continued throughout Aug 1923, as indicated by 4 and 25 Aug 1923 Motion Picture News reports. The film was released as planned in Nov 1923, and a 29 Nov 1923 Var column reported a box-office gross of $19,000 at the Warfield movie theater in San Francisco, CA. The strong showing was attributed to the fact that writer Blanche Upright was born and raised in San Francisco. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
21 Jul 1923
p. 382.
Exhibitors Trade Review
28 Jul 1923
p. 376.
Motion Picture News
4 Aug 1923.
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Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1923.
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Moving Picture World
23 Jun 1923.
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Variety
29 Nov 1923.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Valley of Content by Blanche Upright (New York, 1922).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Valley of Content
Release Date:
5 November 1923
Production Date:
began week of 28 Jul 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Louis B. Mayer Productions
Copyright Date:
14 November 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19688
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,547
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Hugh Benton makes money, moves his family to the city, and finds companionship with a younger woman. He divorces his wife and encourages his children to leave home. Finally, when he becomes involved in a shooting, he realizes his wife's loyalty and returns to ... +


Hugh Benton makes money, moves his family to the city, and finds companionship with a younger woman. He divorces his wife and encourages his children to leave home. Finally, when he becomes involved in a shooting, he realizes his wife's loyalty and returns to her. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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