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The 5 May 1917 Motography announced the recent hiring of director Romaine Fielding by World Film Corp. He was currently directing The Crimson Dove, his first picture for the company, at its Fort Lee, NJ, studios.
       According to the 14 Apr 1917 Moving Picture World, the company filmed inside the “gold room” at Rector’s Restaurant in New York City’s Broadway theater district on 12 Apr 1917 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Additional lighting was mounted on a wooden scaffold, and “hundreds” of background actors were hired, along with Rector’s daytime wait staff, all dressed in formal evening wear. One waiter reportedly sprained his thumb while catching an actor who pretended to be knocked unconscious during a fight sequence. The production unit left the following day for location shooting in Galveston, TX. The 26 May 1917 Moving Picture World identified other locations as a church and a lumber camp, dubbed “Hell’s Gridiron” for the film, as noted in the 19 May 1917 Motography .
       The Crimson Dove opened 4 Jun 1917 to mixed reviews. While the 25 May 1917 Var endorsed the film, the 9 Jun 1917 issues of Moving Picture World and Motion Picture News complained that the majority of action sequences were superfluous, dulling the impact of those that were necessary to the plot.
       Sources differ concerning the spelling of Maxine Hicks, with some listing her as Maxime, Maxim, and Maxin. In addition, the character name "Minnie Zugg" is also listed as "Minnit ... More Less

The 5 May 1917 Motography announced the recent hiring of director Romaine Fielding by World Film Corp. He was currently directing The Crimson Dove, his first picture for the company, at its Fort Lee, NJ, studios.
       According to the 14 Apr 1917 Moving Picture World, the company filmed inside the “gold room” at Rector’s Restaurant in New York City’s Broadway theater district on 12 Apr 1917 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Additional lighting was mounted on a wooden scaffold, and “hundreds” of background actors were hired, along with Rector’s daytime wait staff, all dressed in formal evening wear. One waiter reportedly sprained his thumb while catching an actor who pretended to be knocked unconscious during a fight sequence. The production unit left the following day for location shooting in Galveston, TX. The 26 May 1917 Moving Picture World identified other locations as a church and a lumber camp, dubbed “Hell’s Gridiron” for the film, as noted in the 19 May 1917 Motography .
       The Crimson Dove opened 4 Jun 1917 to mixed reviews. While the 25 May 1917 Var endorsed the film, the 9 Jun 1917 issues of Moving Picture World and Motion Picture News complained that the majority of action sequences were superfluous, dulling the impact of those that were necessary to the plot.
       Sources differ concerning the spelling of Maxine Hicks, with some listing her as Maxime, Maxim, and Maxin. In addition, the character name "Minnie Zugg" is also listed as "Minnit Zugg." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
2 Jun 1917
p. 1825
Motion Picture News
9 Jun 1917
p. 3620
Motography
5 May 1917
p. 956
Motography
19 May 1917
p. 1032
Moving Picture World
14 Apr 1917
p. 294
Moving Picture World
5 May 1917
p. 825
Moving Picture World
26 May 1917
p. 1272
Moving Picture World
9 Jun 1917
p. 1621, 1668
Moving Picture World
16 Jun 1917
p. 1850
New York Clipper
30 May 1917
p. 37
NYDM
1 Dec 1917
p. 3809
Variety
25 May 1917
p. 20
Wid's Daily
7 Jun 1917
pp. 365-366
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 June 1917
Production Date:
April--May 1917
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 May 1917
Copyright Number:
LU10788
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Young minister Brand Cameron meets stage star Adrienne Durant at her father's humble country home where she has gone to recover from the excitement of an attempted suicide by one of her admirers. Believing that Adrienne is an innocent country girl, Cameron falls in love with her until, in a fit of remorse, the actress tells him the truth and returns to her old life in New York. Cameron follows and, unable to give Adrienne up, is denounced by his parishioners and forced to resign. He takes his calling to a tough lumber camp while Adrienne accepts the charge of a school for poor children. At the camp, Faro Kate falsely accuses Cameron of fathering her child and the lumbermen, enraged, set fire to the church. When Cameron risks his life to save Kate's baby trapped in the burning building, however, Kate retracts her lie and the minister is finally accepted by the gruff inhabitants of the camp. Cameron's happiness is made complete when Adrienne comes to join him in his new ... +


Young minister Brand Cameron meets stage star Adrienne Durant at her father's humble country home where she has gone to recover from the excitement of an attempted suicide by one of her admirers. Believing that Adrienne is an innocent country girl, Cameron falls in love with her until, in a fit of remorse, the actress tells him the truth and returns to her old life in New York. Cameron follows and, unable to give Adrienne up, is denounced by his parishioners and forced to resign. He takes his calling to a tough lumber camp while Adrienne accepts the charge of a school for poor children. At the camp, Faro Kate falsely accuses Cameron of fathering her child and the lumbermen, enraged, set fire to the church. When Cameron risks his life to save Kate's baby trapped in the burning building, however, Kate retracts her lie and the minister is finally accepted by the gruff inhabitants of the camp. Cameron's happiness is made complete when Adrienne comes to join him in his new ministry. +

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