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The 13 May 1916 Moving Picture World announced the recent signing of diminutive Broadway musical star Ann Pennington to “a long term contract with the Famous Players Film Co.” She was also under contract to producer Florenz Ziegfeld as a featured performer in his yearly stage revue, the Ziegfeld Follies.
       The 10 Jun 1916 Motion Picture News noted that Pennington’s debut film, Susie Snowflake, was written especially for her by scenarist Shannon Fife, and was intended to showcase the full range of her talents, including her dancing and dramatic abilities. Production was reportedly “nearing completion.”
       According to the 19 Aug 1916 Moving Picture World, character actor Joseph Burke appeared in an uncredited role. An item in Paramount Pictures Corp. studio records implied that director J. Searle Dawley may have contributed to the production.
       Susie Snowflake was released 22 Jun 1916 to generally positive reviews. Various sources claim that the film opened on 25 Jun 1916 at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. An item in the 12 Aug 1916 Motion Picture News noted that another project was being readied for Pennington following her successful screen debut. Filming would continue to take place at Famous Players’ New York City studios during the day, allowing the actress to appear in the Follies at ... More Less

The 13 May 1916 Moving Picture World announced the recent signing of diminutive Broadway musical star Ann Pennington to “a long term contract with the Famous Players Film Co.” She was also under contract to producer Florenz Ziegfeld as a featured performer in his yearly stage revue, the Ziegfeld Follies.
       The 10 Jun 1916 Motion Picture News noted that Pennington’s debut film, Susie Snowflake, was written especially for her by scenarist Shannon Fife, and was intended to showcase the full range of her talents, including her dancing and dramatic abilities. Production was reportedly “nearing completion.”
       According to the 19 Aug 1916 Moving Picture World, character actor Joseph Burke appeared in an uncredited role. An item in Paramount Pictures Corp. studio records implied that director J. Searle Dawley may have contributed to the production.
       Susie Snowflake was released 22 Jun 1916 to generally positive reviews. Various sources claim that the film opened on 25 Jun 1916 at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. An item in the 12 Aug 1916 Motion Picture News noted that another project was being readied for Pennington following her successful screen debut. Filming would continue to take place at Famous Players’ New York City studios during the day, allowing the actress to appear in the Follies at night.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
13 May 1916
p. 1158
Motion Picture News
10 Jun 1916
p. 3565
Motion Picture News
24 Jun 1916
p. 3813
Motion Picture News
22 Jul 1916
p. 417
Motion Picture News
12 Aug 1916
p. 908
Motion Picture News
9 Sep 1916
p. 1517
Motography
17 Jun 1916
p. 1384
Motography
24 Jun 1916
p. 1463
Motography
8 Jul 1916
pp. 95-96
Motography
2 Sep 1916
p. 533
Moving Picture World
8 Jul 1916
p. 259, 262
Moving Picture World
19 Aug 1916
p. 1252
New York Times
26 Jun 1916
p. 11
NYDM
29 Jan 1916
p. 54
Variety
30 Jun 1916
p. 19
Wid's Daily
29 Jun 1916
p. 678
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 June 1916
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 June 1916
Production Date:
ended June 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players Film Co.
Copyright Date:
7 June 1916
Copyright Number:
LU8444
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Susie Snowflake's mother, a country girl, ran away with an actor, Susie was reared by a guardian who was a former theater man. Because she grows up wanting to be a dancer on the stage, her guardian decides that it is best for Susie to go to live with her two maiden aunts in Crescent, a small, conservative community. Naturally effervescent, Susie does a lively dance at a tea party and at a church social and is ostracised because of her behavior. After she discovers money hidden by her grandfather and pays off the farm's mortgage, however, she is once again in the good graces of her family. She then marries the country doctor and settles into domestic ... +


After Susie Snowflake's mother, a country girl, ran away with an actor, Susie was reared by a guardian who was a former theater man. Because she grows up wanting to be a dancer on the stage, her guardian decides that it is best for Susie to go to live with her two maiden aunts in Crescent, a small, conservative community. Naturally effervescent, Susie does a lively dance at a tea party and at a church social and is ostracised because of her behavior. After she discovers money hidden by her grandfather and pays off the farm's mortgage, however, she is once again in the good graces of her family. She then marries the country doctor and settles into domestic bliss. +

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