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On 17 Mar 1923, Motion Picture News reported the recent founding of Associated Authors, and indicated that The Talisman, starring actor Wallace Beery, would be the production company’s first picture to go before cameras. Producer Frank E. Woods, who created the company with fellow producers Elmer Harris and Thompson Buchanan, anticipated a spring 1924 release for the medieval costume drama. Pre-production involved several months of research on period dress, architecture, furniture, and mannerism, according to a 5 May 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review news item. Dr. Arthur A. Woods, having recently consulted on the 1922 film Robin Hood, served as the primary research assistant. The 14 Apr 1923 Motion Picture News indicated that Una Nixon Hopkins served as art director.
       Production began sometime in early Apr 1923 at the Thomas H. Ince studios in Southern CA. One week later, the trade journal announced that the film’s title had been changed to Richard, the Lion-Hearted. Various contemporary reviews, including the 28 Oct 1923 FD, would later observe that Richard, the Lion-Hearted was essentially a sequel to Robin Hood, particularly given that Beery played the role of the English king in both pictures. A 28 Jul 1923 Exhibitors Herald news item indicated that the film was being edited, with release scheduled for fall 1923. A 10 Nov 1923 Exhibitors Herald review commended Associated Authors on their inaugural feature, praising the “splendid story, excellent direction, and exceptional ... More Less

On 17 Mar 1923, Motion Picture News reported the recent founding of Associated Authors, and indicated that The Talisman, starring actor Wallace Beery, would be the production company’s first picture to go before cameras. Producer Frank E. Woods, who created the company with fellow producers Elmer Harris and Thompson Buchanan, anticipated a spring 1924 release for the medieval costume drama. Pre-production involved several months of research on period dress, architecture, furniture, and mannerism, according to a 5 May 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review news item. Dr. Arthur A. Woods, having recently consulted on the 1922 film Robin Hood, served as the primary research assistant. The 14 Apr 1923 Motion Picture News indicated that Una Nixon Hopkins served as art director.
       Production began sometime in early Apr 1923 at the Thomas H. Ince studios in Southern CA. One week later, the trade journal announced that the film’s title had been changed to Richard, the Lion-Hearted. Various contemporary reviews, including the 28 Oct 1923 FD, would later observe that Richard, the Lion-Hearted was essentially a sequel to Robin Hood, particularly given that Beery played the role of the English king in both pictures. A 28 Jul 1923 Exhibitors Herald news item indicated that the film was being edited, with release scheduled for fall 1923. A 10 Nov 1923 Exhibitors Herald review commended Associated Authors on their inaugural feature, praising the “splendid story, excellent direction, and exceptional cast.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
28 Jul 1923.
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Exhibitors Herald
10 Nov 1923.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
5 May 1923.
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Film Daily
28 Oct 1923.
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Motion Picture News
17 Mar 1923.
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Motion Picture News
14 Apr 1923.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Talisman
Release Date:
15 October 1923
Production Date:
began April 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Associated Authors
Copyright Date:
3 October 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19468
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,298
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Adventures of King Richard when he travels with Queen Berangaria, the knights and ladies of his court, and his army of crusaders to Palestine to fight Sultan Saladin and the Saracen hordes for possession of the Holy ... +


Adventures of King Richard when he travels with Queen Berangaria, the knights and ladies of his court, and his army of crusaders to Palestine to fight Sultan Saladin and the Saracen hordes for possession of the Holy Land. +

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

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