The Career of Katherine Bush (1919)

Drama | 20 July 1919

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HISTORY

According to the 29 Mar 1919 Exhibitors Herald and Motography, screen rights for Elinor Glyn’s 1916 novel, The Career of Katherine Bush, were purchased from International Film Service by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst’s Cosmopolitan Productions, for release through Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
       The 12 Apr 1919 issues of Motion Picture News and Moving Picture World stated that the film would mark the first production by Famous Players-Lasky at the former Universal Studios in Fort Lee, NJ, which the company had recently acquired. However, on 3 May 1919, Moving Picture World revealed that principal photography was underway at Famous Players-Lasky Studios on Fifty-Sixth Street in New York City. The article claimed that director Roy W. Neill, referred to as R. William Neill, traveled from California to work on this specific project. The 31 May 1919 Moving Picture World identified the studio manager as J. N. Naulty and co-star Norah Reed as his “casting secretary.”
       Although the 15 Jul 1919 Wid’s Daily announced a 20 Jul 1919 release, the 26 Jul 1919 Exhibitors Herald and Motography listed the date as 13 Jul 1919. Early Aug 1919 openings followed in New York City and Los Angeles, CA, as reported in the 29 Jul 1919 Wid’s Daily and 2 Aug 1919 Camera, respectively.
       A review in the 16 Aug 1919 Motion Picture News asserted that the film’s ambitious title character would “appeal to all but the most prudish.” Weeks later, the Nov 1919 Film Fun criticized the Pennsylvania censorship board for ... More Less

According to the 29 Mar 1919 Exhibitors Herald and Motography, screen rights for Elinor Glyn’s 1916 novel, The Career of Katherine Bush, were purchased from International Film Service by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst’s Cosmopolitan Productions, for release through Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
       The 12 Apr 1919 issues of Motion Picture News and Moving Picture World stated that the film would mark the first production by Famous Players-Lasky at the former Universal Studios in Fort Lee, NJ, which the company had recently acquired. However, on 3 May 1919, Moving Picture World revealed that principal photography was underway at Famous Players-Lasky Studios on Fifty-Sixth Street in New York City. The article claimed that director Roy W. Neill, referred to as R. William Neill, traveled from California to work on this specific project. The 31 May 1919 Moving Picture World identified the studio manager as J. N. Naulty and co-star Norah Reed as his “casting secretary.”
       Although the 15 Jul 1919 Wid’s Daily announced a 20 Jul 1919 release, the 26 Jul 1919 Exhibitors Herald and Motography listed the date as 13 Jul 1919. Early Aug 1919 openings followed in New York City and Los Angeles, CA, as reported in the 29 Jul 1919 Wid’s Daily and 2 Aug 1919 Camera, respectively.
       A review in the 16 Aug 1919 Motion Picture News asserted that the film’s ambitious title character would “appeal to all but the most prudish.” Weeks later, the Nov 1919 Film Fun criticized the Pennsylvania censorship board for insisting that “Katherine” marry in the final reel, disregarding the fact that she had not divorced her first husband. The article went on to suggest that the board secretly approved of bigamy. A letter to in the Jan 1920 Photoplay described a wardrobe error during a winter scene in which Katherine and her leading man donned seasonally-incorrect straw hats.
       The scenario was adapted as a short story for the Aug 1919 Motion Picture Classic.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
2 Aug 1919
p. 10
Exhibitors Herald and Motography
29 Mar 1919
p. 23
Exhibitors Herald and Motography
26 Jul 1919
p. 123
Exhibitors Trade Review
16 Aug 1919
p. 905
Film Fun
Nov 1919
p. 21
Motion Picture Classic
Aug 1919
p. 27
Motion Picture News
12 Apr 1919
p. 2304
Motion Picture News
16 Aug 1919
p. 1497
Moving Picture World
12 Apr 1919
p. 236
Moving Picture World
3 May 1919
p. 704
Moving Picture World
31 May 1919
p. 1380
Moving Picture World
16 Aug 1919
p. 1018
New York Times
3 May 1919
p. 712
Photoplay
Jan 1920
p. 107
Variety
8 Aug 1919
p. 49
Wid's Daily
15 Jul 1919
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Wid's Daily
29 Jul 1919
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Wid's Daily
17 Aug 1919
p. 5
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 July 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 July 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13927
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,756
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Katherine Bush, a member of a middle-class English family, wants to enter the higher ranks of society. She is entrapped by Lord Algernon Fitz-Rufus and gains experience to arm herself for a career among the upper classes. Katherine becomes secretary to Lady Garribardine, whose nephew Gerard is unhappily married and greatly interested in Katherine. She uses Gerard's infatuation to further her ambitions and through him she meets distinguished statesman Duke Mordryn. Despite their class difference, he is so taken by Katherine that he proposes marriage, but Katherine's developed sense of honor forces her to refuse because of her previous involvement with Fitz-Rufus. The Duke recognizes Katherine's lofty character and persists until Katherine accepts his offer of ... +


Katherine Bush, a member of a middle-class English family, wants to enter the higher ranks of society. She is entrapped by Lord Algernon Fitz-Rufus and gains experience to arm herself for a career among the upper classes. Katherine becomes secretary to Lady Garribardine, whose nephew Gerard is unhappily married and greatly interested in Katherine. She uses Gerard's infatuation to further her ambitions and through him she meets distinguished statesman Duke Mordryn. Despite their class difference, he is so taken by Katherine that he proposes marriage, but Katherine's developed sense of honor forces her to refuse because of her previous involvement with Fitz-Rufus. The Duke recognizes Katherine's lofty character and persists until Katherine accepts his offer of marriage. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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