White Tiger (1923)

70 mins | Drama | 20 November 1923

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HISTORY

Articles in the 5 Aug 1922 Universal Weekly and Exhibitors Trade Review recounted actress Priscilla Dean’s recent arrival in New York City to simultaneously promote her upcoming film Under Two Flags (1922, see entry) and begin work on another Tod Browning picture, this one written expressly for her by the director. Under the working title Lady Raffles, principal photography began at the Eden Musée wax museum on Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY. Sequences were filmed in the evenings, after the museum had closed to the public. Filmmakers allowed writers and members of the press to observe production during the weeklong shoot. Two months into filming, the 23 Sep 1922 FD reported that Universal Studios had changed the title to White Tiger. Cast and crew returned to the West Coast in Oct 1922, completing final scenes at the studios in Universal City, CA. The 4 Nov 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review described an “elaborate ballroom set” and enthused that the film might be the “best” of Priscilla Dean’s Universal-Jewel career. Although a 17 Feb 1923 Moving Picture World article indicated that the film had been scheduled for a 7 May 1923 release, reviews did not appear until much later in the year, suggesting that the release date had been pushed back. White Tiger received favorable assessments in the 18 Nov 1923 FD, 22 Nov 1923 Var, and 15 Dec 1923 Exhibitors Herald. However, the Dec 1923 Educational Screen placed the film on a “Not Recommended” list, declaring that it contained “too much crookery.”
       A similar ... More Less

Articles in the 5 Aug 1922 Universal Weekly and Exhibitors Trade Review recounted actress Priscilla Dean’s recent arrival in New York City to simultaneously promote her upcoming film Under Two Flags (1922, see entry) and begin work on another Tod Browning picture, this one written expressly for her by the director. Under the working title Lady Raffles, principal photography began at the Eden Musée wax museum on Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY. Sequences were filmed in the evenings, after the museum had closed to the public. Filmmakers allowed writers and members of the press to observe production during the weeklong shoot. Two months into filming, the 23 Sep 1922 FD reported that Universal Studios had changed the title to White Tiger. Cast and crew returned to the West Coast in Oct 1922, completing final scenes at the studios in Universal City, CA. The 4 Nov 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review described an “elaborate ballroom set” and enthused that the film might be the “best” of Priscilla Dean’s Universal-Jewel career. Although a 17 Feb 1923 Moving Picture World article indicated that the film had been scheduled for a 7 May 1923 release, reviews did not appear until much later in the year, suggesting that the release date had been pushed back. White Tiger received favorable assessments in the 18 Nov 1923 FD, 22 Nov 1923 Var, and 15 Dec 1923 Exhibitors Herald. However, the Dec 1923 Educational Screen placed the film on a “Not Recommended” list, declaring that it contained “too much crookery.”
       A similar story titled Lady Raffles was remade in 1928 by Columbia Pictures. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Educational Screen
Dec 1923
p. 502.
Exhibitors Herald
15 Dec 1923.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
5 Aug 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
16 Sep 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
4 Nov 1922.
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Film Daily
23 Sep 1922
p. 2.
Film Daily
18 Nov 1923.
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Motion Picture News
24 Nov 1923.
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Moving Picture World
17 Feb 1923.
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Universal Weekly
5 Aug 1922
p. 17.
Universal Weekly
21 Oct 1922
p. 13.
Variety
22 Nov 1923
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Universal-Jewel
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lady Raffles
Release Date:
20 November 1923
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 20 November 1923
Production Date:
early August--late October 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
13 November 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19608
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
7,177
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sylvia Donovan, Roy Donovan, and "Count Donelli" are three international crooks who come to America. Sylvia and Roy are unaware that they are brother and sister. The three cooperate to rob wealthy homes by using a gimmick known as a chess-playing machine. Eventually, Sylvia and Roy learn that they are brother and sister and that "Count Donelli," alias Hawkes, killed their father. The detective and Sylvia fall in ... +


Sylvia Donovan, Roy Donovan, and "Count Donelli" are three international crooks who come to America. Sylvia and Roy are unaware that they are brother and sister. The three cooperate to rob wealthy homes by using a gimmick known as a chess-playing machine. Eventually, Sylvia and Roy learn that they are brother and sister and that "Count Donelli," alias Hawkes, killed their father. The detective and Sylvia fall in love. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject

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

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