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The 27 May 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that Rudolph Valentino would star in the forthcoming picture, The Young Rajah. One month later, the 24 Jun 1922 Exhibitors Herald reported that production would begin imminently at Lasky Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
       According to the 1 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, Fred Niblo was expected to direct the picture, amongst several other Valentino features. However, Niblo was hired by Louis B. Mayer for other productions, and Philip Rosen was chosen as his replacement. Rosen was currently scouting New England-looking locales near Hollywood in preparation for The Young Rajah.
       With production underway, the 29 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that over 150 background actors were used to film a “reincarnation party” sequence. The costume party required the actors to be dressed as a person or character they imagined themselves to be in a past life. The 3 Aug 1922 FD reported that boat racing sequences would be filmed on location in San Francisco, CA, the following week, where members of the University of California rowing crew assisted in the staging of the shoot, according to the 16 Sep 1922 Exhibitors Herald. Afterward, the rowers returned to Los Angeles to help complete the race scenes at Lasky Studios.
       On 19 Aug 1922, a FD news item noted that the picture was currently being edited.
       Reviews were mostly negative, but the 12 Nov 1922 FD asserted that Valentino’s admirers “are not likely to complain” about the far-fetched story which involved “two wildly different episodes that have not a convincing connection.” ... More Less

The 27 May 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that Rudolph Valentino would star in the forthcoming picture, The Young Rajah. One month later, the 24 Jun 1922 Exhibitors Herald reported that production would begin imminently at Lasky Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
       According to the 1 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, Fred Niblo was expected to direct the picture, amongst several other Valentino features. However, Niblo was hired by Louis B. Mayer for other productions, and Philip Rosen was chosen as his replacement. Rosen was currently scouting New England-looking locales near Hollywood in preparation for The Young Rajah.
       With production underway, the 29 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that over 150 background actors were used to film a “reincarnation party” sequence. The costume party required the actors to be dressed as a person or character they imagined themselves to be in a past life. The 3 Aug 1922 FD reported that boat racing sequences would be filmed on location in San Francisco, CA, the following week, where members of the University of California rowing crew assisted in the staging of the shoot, according to the 16 Sep 1922 Exhibitors Herald. Afterward, the rowers returned to Los Angeles to help complete the race scenes at Lasky Studios.
       On 19 Aug 1922, a FD news item noted that the picture was currently being edited.
       Reviews were mostly negative, but the 12 Nov 1922 FD asserted that Valentino’s admirers “are not likely to complain” about the far-fetched story which involved “two wildly different episodes that have not a convincing connection.” The premise takes place in Connecticut and the Orient. The Dec 1922 Photodramatist stated that producers had “no excuse” for making “such a third rate picture,” and supported Rudolph Valentino’s decision to depart from Famous Players-Lasky Corp. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
24 Jun 1922.
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Exhibitors Herald
16 Sep 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
27 May 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
1 Jul 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
29 Jul 1922.
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Film Daily
3 Aug 1922
p. 2.
Film Daily
19 Aug 1922
p. 2.
Film Daily
12 Nov 1922
p. 2.
Photodramatist
Sep 1922
p. 29.
Photodramatist
Dec 1922.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
12 November 1922
Production Date:
July--August 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 October 1922
Copyright Number:
LP18343
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,705
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A young rajah, believed to be descended from Arjuna, the mortal brother of the god Krishna, is brought to America for safety and raised as Amos Judd. He becomes a star athlete and popular student at Harvard, falls in love with Molly Cabot, and discovers his ability to see the future in dreams. Because on the day before his wedding to Molly he dreams that an attack will be made upon his life, Amos goes into a sanatorium for protection. Even so, he is attacked but is rescued and told that he is needed by his people. Amos realizes his duty and leaves Molly to return to India--sadly, yet with optimism, for he has dreamt of a Hindu wedding with Molly as his ... +


A young rajah, believed to be descended from Arjuna, the mortal brother of the god Krishna, is brought to America for safety and raised as Amos Judd. He becomes a star athlete and popular student at Harvard, falls in love with Molly Cabot, and discovers his ability to see the future in dreams. Because on the day before his wedding to Molly he dreams that an attack will be made upon his life, Amos goes into a sanatorium for protection. Even so, he is attacked but is rescued and told that he is needed by his people. Amos realizes his duty and leaves Molly to return to India--sadly, yet with optimism, for he has dreamt of a Hindu wedding with Molly as his bride. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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