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According to news items, portions of the film were shot on location in San Diego, CA. The novel and play Seven Keys to Baldpate have been the basis of many films. For information on other versions, please consult the entry for the 1917 film of the same name, directed by Hugh Ford and starring George M. Cohan and Anna Q. Nilsson. ... More Less

According to news items, portions of the film were shot on location in San Diego, CA. The novel and play Seven Keys to Baldpate have been the basis of many films. For information on other versions, please consult the entry for the 1917 film of the same name, directed by Hugh Ford and starring George M. Cohan and Anna Q. Nilsson. More Less

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DATE
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Film Daily
24 Aug 1925
p. 5.
Film Daily
8 Nov 1925.
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New York Times
3 Nov 1925
p. 25.
Variety
21 Oct 1925
p. 38.
Variety
4 Nov 1925
p. 40.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers (Indianapolis, 1913) and the play of the same name by George M. Cohan (New York, 22 Sep 1913).
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 October 1925
Premiere Information:
Cleveland premiere: 11 October 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 October 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21947
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,648
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Successful author William Halowell Magee is engaged to Mary Norton, his publisher's daughter. The father threatens to break the engagement because Magee has failed to deliver the manuscript of a much publicized novel on time. Magee offers to complete the book within the next 24 hours and is offered the Baldpate Inn, a mountain resort owned by Bentley, his rival for Mary's hand, as a workshop. The caretaker gives him the only key to the inn, and he immediately sets to work. He is interrupted by Bland, who unlocks the door with his own key and hides $200,000 in the safe. In rapid succession, the hermit, Myra Thornhill, Cargan and Lou Max, and Mary Norton and Mrs. Rhodes enter the inn with their own keys. The crooks are after the money. Mary is there to warn Magee. He believes it all a frameup to prevent his finishing the novel in time. Finally, the sheriff arrives with the seventh key and arrests everyone. Magee escapes by a ruse and returns to his writing. Magee finishes the book and we realize that the action described is the novel he has just written. Mary arrives, and Magee assures her that they will be married ... +


Successful author William Halowell Magee is engaged to Mary Norton, his publisher's daughter. The father threatens to break the engagement because Magee has failed to deliver the manuscript of a much publicized novel on time. Magee offers to complete the book within the next 24 hours and is offered the Baldpate Inn, a mountain resort owned by Bentley, his rival for Mary's hand, as a workshop. The caretaker gives him the only key to the inn, and he immediately sets to work. He is interrupted by Bland, who unlocks the door with his own key and hides $200,000 in the safe. In rapid succession, the hermit, Myra Thornhill, Cargan and Lou Max, and Mary Norton and Mrs. Rhodes enter the inn with their own keys. The crooks are after the money. Mary is there to warn Magee. He believes it all a frameup to prevent his finishing the novel in time. Finally, the sheriff arrives with the seventh key and arrests everyone. Magee escapes by a ruse and returns to his writing. Magee finishes the book and we realize that the action described is the novel he has just written. Mary arrives, and Magee assures her that they will be married tomorrow. +

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