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This film was shot for the most part in Algeciras, Granada, Cadiz, Malaga and Seville in Spain, and on the island of Ponta Delgada in the Azores. Because of the refusal of Spanish authorities to allow fight scenes to be filmed, a set of a Spanish village was constructed at Larchmont, NY, where these scenes were shot. Scenes were also shot in a Harlem studio. In an introductory title, George B. Seitz acknowledged his indebtedness to the kingdom of Spain, and his gratitude to the citizens of Algeciras, Granada and Seville for their cooperation and hospitality. Contemporary sources state that this was the first feature film of Seitz, who earlier directed and acted in ... More Less

This film was shot for the most part in Algeciras, Granada, Cadiz, Malaga and Seville in Spain, and on the island of Ponta Delgada in the Azores. Because of the refusal of Spanish authorities to allow fight scenes to be filmed, a set of a Spanish village was constructed at Larchmont, NY, where these scenes were shot. Scenes were also shot in a Harlem studio. In an introductory title, George B. Seitz acknowledged his indebtedness to the kingdom of Spain, and his gratitude to the citizens of Algeciras, Granada and Seville for their cooperation and hospitality. Contemporary sources state that this was the first feature film of Seitz, who earlier directed and acted in serials. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
1 Jan 21
p. 399.
MPN
19 Jun 20
p. 4967.
MPN
14 Aug 20
p. 1342.
MPN
7 Feb 21
p. 8.
MPN
9 Oct 20
p. 2849.
MPN
27 Nov 20
p. 4118.
MPN
11 Dec 20
p. 4464, 4470
MPN
1 Jan 21
p. 445.
MPW
1 Jan 21
p. 97.
Variety
28 Jan 21
p. 40.
Wid's
2 Jan 1921.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Golden Senorita by George B. Seitz (production undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 December 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, inc.
Copyright Date:
2 December 1920
Copyright Number:
LU15861
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,827
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Spanish revolutionary leader Pedro Pezet, who serenades American Sylvia Lee, visits a café and stops the advances of a colonel to Carmelita, a dancing girl whom Pezet has loved. After Carmelita warns Pezet that she will knife him if she sees him with Sylvia, she intrudes on their parting embrace and cuts his hand as they struggle. Meanwhile, Sylvia's bumbling American fiancé, Reginald Van Ransen, visits, providing an unwelcome surprise to Sylvia, who loves Pezet. After Sylvia breaks off their engagement and goes to the hills, Carmelita, whom Pezet has since rebuked, obstructs his plans to abduct the governor during a parade. In the ensuing chaos, Pezet hides in Reggie's car and forces him to drive to the hills, where they find Sylvia. After Reggie beats Pezet in a fight, he realizes Sylvia's love for Pezet and returns Pezet's revolver. Reggie follows them to the revolutionary's headquarters and overhears Pezet's plan to hold Sylvia for ransom. After Reggie saves Sylvia, Pezet escapes and is stopped from committing suicide by Carmelita. They acknowledge their mutual love, as do Sylvia and ... +


Spanish revolutionary leader Pedro Pezet, who serenades American Sylvia Lee, visits a café and stops the advances of a colonel to Carmelita, a dancing girl whom Pezet has loved. After Carmelita warns Pezet that she will knife him if she sees him with Sylvia, she intrudes on their parting embrace and cuts his hand as they struggle. Meanwhile, Sylvia's bumbling American fiancé, Reginald Van Ransen, visits, providing an unwelcome surprise to Sylvia, who loves Pezet. After Sylvia breaks off their engagement and goes to the hills, Carmelita, whom Pezet has since rebuked, obstructs his plans to abduct the governor during a parade. In the ensuing chaos, Pezet hides in Reggie's car and forces him to drive to the hills, where they find Sylvia. After Reggie beats Pezet in a fight, he realizes Sylvia's love for Pezet and returns Pezet's revolver. Reggie follows them to the revolutionary's headquarters and overhears Pezet's plan to hold Sylvia for ransom. After Reggie saves Sylvia, Pezet escapes and is stopped from committing suicide by Carmelita. They acknowledge their mutual love, as do Sylvia and Reggie. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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