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The 25 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World announced that Rent Free, with lead actor Wallace Reid, was one of Famous Players-Lasky Corp.’s forthcoming fall releases. The 6 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News reported that Howard Higgin, longtime production manager for Cecil B. DeMille, would be making his directorial feature film debut for the Paramount Pictures release. The 28 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News noted that the scenario came from a magazine story.
       According to the 27 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News, principal photography had begun. The 3 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World noted that filming was underway at Lasky Studios in Hollywood, CA, and that "the tops of the studio buildings are being used as sets." Frank Woods was the film's supervisor.
       On 29 Oct 1921, Moving Picture World announced that filming had completed.
       Reviews were mixed, with the 1 Jan 1922 FD noting its slow start and deeming it a “dull bit of ... More Less

The 25 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World announced that Rent Free, with lead actor Wallace Reid, was one of Famous Players-Lasky Corp.’s forthcoming fall releases. The 6 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News reported that Howard Higgin, longtime production manager for Cecil B. DeMille, would be making his directorial feature film debut for the Paramount Pictures release. The 28 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News noted that the scenario came from a magazine story.
       According to the 27 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News, principal photography had begun. The 3 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World noted that filming was underway at Lasky Studios in Hollywood, CA, and that "the tops of the studio buildings are being used as sets." Frank Woods was the film's supervisor.
       On 29 Oct 1921, Moving Picture World announced that filming had completed.
       Reviews were mixed, with the 1 Jan 1922 FD noting its slow start and deeming it a “dull bit of entertainment.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
1 Jan 1922
p. 14.
Motion Picture News
6 Aug 1921.
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Motion Picture News
27 Aug 1921.
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Moving Picture World
25 Jun 1921.
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Moving Picture World
3 Sep 1921.
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Moving Picture World
29 Oct 1921.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1 January 1922
Production Date:
late August--late October 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 December 1921
Copyright Number:
LP17403
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,661
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Buell Arnister, Jr., prefers poverty as an artist to the lawyer's career planned for him by his father. Dispossessed of his studio, he camps on the rooftop of a nearby mansion, where he meets Barbara Teller, who has been cheated out of her inheritance by her stepmother and is likewise forced to tent on the roof with her friend Justine Tate. During a storm, he invites the girls to take shelter in an unoccupied bedroom. Buell finds in the pocket of a dressing gown a note addressed to his father and signed by James Teller, stating that his last will gives Barbara her rights. During the absence of Mrs. Teller, Buell and Barbara fall in love, and Buell begins doing newspaper sketches--among them, one of the Count de Mourney, Mrs. Teller's new husband, whom he invites to dinner. Mrs. Teller has Buell and the girls arrested, but Buell produces the note, which leads to the discovery of a second will by which Barbara regains her ... +


Buell Arnister, Jr., prefers poverty as an artist to the lawyer's career planned for him by his father. Dispossessed of his studio, he camps on the rooftop of a nearby mansion, where he meets Barbara Teller, who has been cheated out of her inheritance by her stepmother and is likewise forced to tent on the roof with her friend Justine Tate. During a storm, he invites the girls to take shelter in an unoccupied bedroom. Buell finds in the pocket of a dressing gown a note addressed to his father and signed by James Teller, stating that his last will gives Barbara her rights. During the absence of Mrs. Teller, Buell and Barbara fall in love, and Buell begins doing newspaper sketches--among them, one of the Count de Mourney, Mrs. Teller's new husband, whom he invites to dinner. Mrs. Teller has Buell and the girls arrested, but Buell produces the note, which leads to the discovery of a second will by which Barbara regains her property. +

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