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The 20 Mar 1921 Wid’s Daily announced that Ward Lascelle would make Rip Van Winkle for W. W. Hodkinson Corp. Principal photography was underway as of 2 Apr 1921, according to Motion Picture News and Moving Picture World items published that day. In a conflicting report, the 21 Apr 1921 Wid’s Daily stated that filming began the previous week in Universal City, CA. The 4 Jun 1921 Motion Picture News stated that production was nearing completion.
       Ted Billings was listed as a cast member in the 21 Apr 1921 Wid’s Daily, but he does not receive mention in later cast listings. Leading man Thomas Jefferson was the son of Joseph Jefferson, who wrote the stage version of Rip Van Winkle, upon which the film is partly based, according to the 4 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World.
       An item in the 20 Aug 1921 Exhibitors Herald noted that the first print of the film had been received at W. W. Hodkinson Corp.’s New York City office. Plans for an East coast premiere were in the works. According to a news brief in the 28 May 1921 Motion Picture News, Miller’s Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, would screen the first showing of three upcoming Hodkinson pictures, including Rip Van Winkle, with indefinite runs for each.
       As stated in the 8 Oct 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review, the film premiered in Philadelphia, PA. A 15 Oct 1921 Exhibitors Herald article noted that a “pre-publication test” run took place at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. ... More Less

The 20 Mar 1921 Wid’s Daily announced that Ward Lascelle would make Rip Van Winkle for W. W. Hodkinson Corp. Principal photography was underway as of 2 Apr 1921, according to Motion Picture News and Moving Picture World items published that day. In a conflicting report, the 21 Apr 1921 Wid’s Daily stated that filming began the previous week in Universal City, CA. The 4 Jun 1921 Motion Picture News stated that production was nearing completion.
       Ted Billings was listed as a cast member in the 21 Apr 1921 Wid’s Daily, but he does not receive mention in later cast listings. Leading man Thomas Jefferson was the son of Joseph Jefferson, who wrote the stage version of Rip Van Winkle, upon which the film is partly based, according to the 4 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World.
       An item in the 20 Aug 1921 Exhibitors Herald noted that the first print of the film had been received at W. W. Hodkinson Corp.’s New York City office. Plans for an East coast premiere were in the works. According to a news brief in the 28 May 1921 Motion Picture News, Miller’s Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, would screen the first showing of three upcoming Hodkinson pictures, including Rip Van Winkle, with indefinite runs for each.
       As stated in the 8 Oct 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review, the film premiered in Philadelphia, PA. A 15 Oct 1921 Exhibitors Herald article noted that a “pre-publication test” run took place at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. Promotions included a fifty-word essay contest on the story of Rip Van Winkle, with ten gold watches offered as prizes. A man dressed as Rip Van Winkle, accompanied by “four young people dressed as gnomes,” made visits and distributed heralds bearing contest rules at Philadelphia-area schools. Half-price tickets were also issued to school-age children.
       According to the 10 Dec 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review, Rip Van Winkle was released “late in October,” and had already played “a large percentage of first-run houses in the east and middle west.” Upcoming holiday bookings included the following: Alhambra Theater in Utica, NY; Strand Theatre in Hartford, CT; Park Theatre in Boston, MA; Fox’s Theatre in Springfield, MA; Liberty Theater in St. Louis, MO; Terminal Theatre in Newark, NJ; Princess Theatre in Denver, CO; Regent Theater in Bay City, MI; Liberty Theatre in Fresno, CA; and Strand Theater in Billings, MT.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
20 Aug 1921
p. 34.
Exhibitors Herald
15 Oct 1921
p. 61.
Exhibitors Herald
17 Dec 1921
p. 51.
Exhibitors Trade Review
8 Oct 1921.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
10 Dec 1921.
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Film Daily
16 Oct 1921.
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Motion Picture News
2 Apr 1921.
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Motion Picture News
28 May 1921.
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Motion Picture News
4 Jun 1921.
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Moving Picture World
2 Apr 1921.
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Moving Picture World
7 May 1921
p. 80.
Moving Picture World
4 Jun 1921.
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Variety
23 Sep 1921
p. 42.
Wid's Daily
20 Mar 1921.
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Wid's Daily
21 Apr 1921
p. 4.
CAST
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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LITERARY
Based on the play Rip Van Winkle by Joseph Jefferson and Dion Boucicault (New York, 1865) and the short story "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving in his The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (1819--1820).
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 October 1921
Production Date:
began early April 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Ward Lascelle Productions
Copyright Date:
23 September 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16985
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,700
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Convivial idler Rip Van Winkle, disappointed in life because of domestic unhappiness, roams the Catskill Mountains where some strange little folk give him a drink that brings on a deep sleep. Twenty years later he awakens, unaware that he is an old man; discovers that times and surroundings have changed; and eventually is reunited with his wife, who has been tamed by an ill-tempered second ... +


Convivial idler Rip Van Winkle, disappointed in life because of domestic unhappiness, roams the Catskill Mountains where some strange little folk give him a drink that brings on a deep sleep. Twenty years later he awakens, unaware that he is an old man; discovers that times and surroundings have changed; and eventually is reunited with his wife, who has been tamed by an ill-tempered second husband. +

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Sub-genre:
Historical


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

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