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The 4 Feb 1922 Moving Picture World announced that Jackie Coogan was currently working on his latest, unnamed feature, which was written as a vehicle for the child actor. Although the 14 Feb 1922 FD reported that writer Sophie Irene Loeb would be assisting with the original story, credits in the Jul 1922 Motion Picture Magazine stated that Trouble was “based on the scenario and original story of Clara L. Raush.” However, neither Loeb nor Raush was credited onscreen. Additional actors were listed as follows: Eddie Gribbon (Police officer), Charles French (Mrs. Lee’s father), Martha Franklin (Mrs. Lee’s mother), Bert Woodruff (Judge White), Nell Spaugh (Matron of the orphanage), Wilson Hunmel (Assistant at the orphanage), and Herbert Jenkins (Chocolate Drop).
       According to the 8 Apr 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review, filming had recently been completed at the United Studios in Hollywood, CA. The independent feature, produced by Sol Lesser, head of Jackie Coogan Productions, was the third “starring vehicle” for Coogan. Associated First National Pictures, which released Coogan’s first two features in 1921, Peck’s Bad Boy and My Boy (see entries), was expected to distribute Trouble as well.
       The 8 Apr 1921 Exhibitors Herald announced that Sol Lesser was en route to New York City with a print of the film. One week later, the 15 Apr 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review reported that the picture was “ready for the market,” with an anticipated release in early May 1922.
       On 12 May 1922, FD stated that the picture would premiere on 21 May 1922 at the Mark Strand Theatre ... More Less

The 4 Feb 1922 Moving Picture World announced that Jackie Coogan was currently working on his latest, unnamed feature, which was written as a vehicle for the child actor. Although the 14 Feb 1922 FD reported that writer Sophie Irene Loeb would be assisting with the original story, credits in the Jul 1922 Motion Picture Magazine stated that Trouble was “based on the scenario and original story of Clara L. Raush.” However, neither Loeb nor Raush was credited onscreen. Additional actors were listed as follows: Eddie Gribbon (Police officer), Charles French (Mrs. Lee’s father), Martha Franklin (Mrs. Lee’s mother), Bert Woodruff (Judge White), Nell Spaugh (Matron of the orphanage), Wilson Hunmel (Assistant at the orphanage), and Herbert Jenkins (Chocolate Drop).
       According to the 8 Apr 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review, filming had recently been completed at the United Studios in Hollywood, CA. The independent feature, produced by Sol Lesser, head of Jackie Coogan Productions, was the third “starring vehicle” for Coogan. Associated First National Pictures, which released Coogan’s first two features in 1921, Peck’s Bad Boy and My Boy (see entries), was expected to distribute Trouble as well.
       The 8 Apr 1921 Exhibitors Herald announced that Sol Lesser was en route to New York City with a print of the film. One week later, the 15 Apr 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review reported that the picture was “ready for the market,” with an anticipated release in early May 1922.
       On 12 May 1922, FD stated that the picture would premiere on 21 May 1922 at the Mark Strand Theatre in New York City.
       According to the 20 May 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, Trouble broke previous records, with “sixty first-run Associated First National franchise holders” booking the picture within two days of Sol Lesser’s announcement of its availability.
       The 28 May 1922 FD review deemed Trouble “wholesome and pleasing,” despite a duration that was “a little too long for the amount of story it contains.” Special mention was made of Jackie Coogan’s “splendid” performance in the courtroom scene. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
8 Apr 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
8 Apr 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
15 Apr 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
20 May 1922.
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Film Daily
14 Feb 1922
p. 2.
Film Daily
12 May 1922
p. 16.
Film Daily
28 May 1922
p. 7.
Motion Picture Magazine
Jul 1922
p. 58.
Moving Picture World
4 Feb 1922.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Pres
WRITER
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 August 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 21 May 1922 at the Marchk Strand Theatre
Copyright Claimant:
Sol L. Lesser
Copyright Date:
28 May 1922
Copyright Number:
LP18097
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,912
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Danny, a ragamuffin orphan, is adopted by a brutal plumber and his frail wife. His fear of hunger, resulting from his foster father's indifference, at one point leads him to substitute for the plumber in repairing a leak, but he causes a flood. Later, Danny is instrumental in saving a policeman's life and in sending the plumber to jail. He finds new happiness with his foster mother on her parents' ... +


Danny, a ragamuffin orphan, is adopted by a brutal plumber and his frail wife. His fear of hunger, resulting from his foster father's indifference, at one point leads him to substitute for the plumber in repairing a leak, but he causes a flood. Later, Danny is instrumental in saving a policeman's life and in sending the plumber to jail. He finds new happiness with his foster mother on her parents' farm. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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