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The picture had several working titles before its release, in order of: Wolf Breed, Wolfbreed, Wolf-breed, The Mask, and The Heart of a Wolf.        The 17 Sep 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that Lon Chaney had signed to star in the Universal-Jewel film. The story was prepared especially for him, and marked his first starring role, although he had appeared as supporting characters in several previous features. Exteriors were set to take place in mountain locations, while elaborate sets were constructed on stages. Actress Grace Darmond was listed amongst the cast, but was not listed in post-release credits. Three wolves were used onscreen for the “North Woods” picture, as noted in the 24 Sep 1921 Moving Picture Weekly. The 29 Apr 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review reported most of the action was filmed in Yosemite National Park.
       On 1 Oct 1922, The Moving Picture Weekly announced that principal photography had begun on opening sequences. Lucien Hubbard was credited in the as having written the story, with collaboration from Lon Chaney and Irving G. Thalberg. However George C. Hull received sole onscreen writing credits.
       According to the 29 Apr 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, the final name change to The Trap was ordered by Universal president Carl Laemmle because of its brevity. The premiere was planned for 30 Apr 1922, at Central Theatre in New York City. The 7 May 1922 FD review deemed the picture “worthwhile entertainment,” praising the direction of Robert Thornby and the performance of Lon ... More Less

The picture had several working titles before its release, in order of: Wolf Breed, Wolfbreed, Wolf-breed, The Mask, and The Heart of a Wolf.        The 17 Sep 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that Lon Chaney had signed to star in the Universal-Jewel film. The story was prepared especially for him, and marked his first starring role, although he had appeared as supporting characters in several previous features. Exteriors were set to take place in mountain locations, while elaborate sets were constructed on stages. Actress Grace Darmond was listed amongst the cast, but was not listed in post-release credits. Three wolves were used onscreen for the “North Woods” picture, as noted in the 24 Sep 1921 Moving Picture Weekly. The 29 Apr 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review reported most of the action was filmed in Yosemite National Park.
       On 1 Oct 1922, The Moving Picture Weekly announced that principal photography had begun on opening sequences. Lucien Hubbard was credited in the as having written the story, with collaboration from Lon Chaney and Irving G. Thalberg. However George C. Hull received sole onscreen writing credits.
       According to the 29 Apr 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, the final name change to The Trap was ordered by Universal president Carl Laemmle because of its brevity. The premiere was planned for 30 Apr 1922, at Central Theatre in New York City. The 7 May 1922 FD review deemed the picture “worthwhile entertainment,” praising the direction of Robert Thornby and the performance of Lon Chaney. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
17 Sep 1921.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
29 Apr 1922.
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Film Daily
21 Apr 1921.
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Film Daily
7 May 1922
p. 5.
Picture-Play
Dec 1921.
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The Moving Picture Weekly
24 Sep 1921
p. 24.
The Moving Picture Weekly
1 Oct 1921.
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The Moving Picture Weekly
8 Oct 1921
p. 32.
The Moving Picture Weekly
22 Apr 1922
p. 33.
Variety
5 May 1922
p. 33.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Wolf Breed
Wolfbreed
Wolf-breed
The Mask
The Heart of a Wolf
Release Date:
22 May 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: ca6 May 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 May 1922
Copyright Number:
LP17860
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,481
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Gaspard, a French-Canadian trapper, is betrayed when his sweetheart, Thalie, weds Benson, an adventurer who has previously tricked Gaspard out of a mine claim, and he waits 7 years for revenge. Benson begins to drink when his mine is ruined by a landslide and Thalie is taken ill. Influenced by Gaspard, Pierre forces a fight on Benson, who shoots him, and Gaspard refuses to testify that Benson shot in self-defense. After Benson is imprisoned, Gaspard takes in his child and sends it to the village school. Upon the father's release, Gaspard, fearing to lose the child, captures a half-starved wolf, which he conceals as a trap for Benson. By chance the child arrives first, and Gaspard, after a fight with the wolf, is reconciled with Benson and to the relinquishment of the ... +


Gaspard, a French-Canadian trapper, is betrayed when his sweetheart, Thalie, weds Benson, an adventurer who has previously tricked Gaspard out of a mine claim, and he waits 7 years for revenge. Benson begins to drink when his mine is ruined by a landslide and Thalie is taken ill. Influenced by Gaspard, Pierre forces a fight on Benson, who shoots him, and Gaspard refuses to testify that Benson shot in self-defense. After Benson is imprisoned, Gaspard takes in his child and sends it to the village school. Upon the father's release, Gaspard, fearing to lose the child, captures a half-starved wolf, which he conceals as a trap for Benson. By chance the child arrives first, and Gaspard, after a fight with the wolf, is reconciled with Benson and to the relinquishment of the child. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Northwest


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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