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The 13 Sep 1919 Motion Picture News reported that principal photography was currently underway in California’s Big Bear Valley. Two weeks later, Wid’s Daily stated that the company was filming at Bosworth-Morosco Studios in Los Angeles, CA. A late 1919 issue of Motion Picture News listed 7 Dec 1919 as the release date. The picture was scheduled to debut in New York City at the Rivoli Theatre, according to the 4 Dec 1919 Wid’s Daily.
       More Deadly than the Male opened to mixed reviews. While a Dec 1919 issue of Var reported a lack of enthusiasm from Rivoli patrons, the Dec 1919 Exhibitors Herald commended star Ethel Clayton on her “forceful and convincing portrayal.” The latter publication noted that the title was derived from 1911 poem, The Female of the Species by Rudyard Kipling. ... More Less

The 13 Sep 1919 Motion Picture News reported that principal photography was currently underway in California’s Big Bear Valley. Two weeks later, Wid’s Daily stated that the company was filming at Bosworth-Morosco Studios in Los Angeles, CA. A late 1919 issue of Motion Picture News listed 7 Dec 1919 as the release date. The picture was scheduled to debut in New York City at the Rivoli Theatre, according to the 4 Dec 1919 Wid’s Daily.
       More Deadly than the Male opened to mixed reviews. While a Dec 1919 issue of Var reported a lack of enthusiasm from Rivoli patrons, the Dec 1919 Exhibitors Herald commended star Ethel Clayton on her “forceful and convincing portrayal.” The latter publication noted that the title was derived from 1911 poem, The Female of the Species by Rudyard Kipling.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
Dec 1919
p. 117
Exhibitors Herald
29 Oct 1921
p. 85
Exhibitors Trade Review
20 Dec 1919
p. 267
Motion Picture News
13 Sep 1919
p. 2258
Motion Picture News
20 Dec 1919
p. 4431, 4530
Motion Picture News
20 Dec 1919
p. 4536
Moving Picture World
27 Dec 1919
p. 1011
Photoplay
Jan-Jun 1920
p. 112
Variety
13 Sep 1919
p. 1706
Variety
Dec 1919
p. 45
Wid's Daily
26 Sep 1919
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Wid's Daily
4 Dec 1919
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Wid's Daily
14 Dec 1919
p. 13
Wid's Daily
21 Dec 1919
p. 1
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LITERARY
Based on the story "The Female of the Species" by Joseph Gollomb in Saucy Stories (publication date undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 December 1919
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 7 December 1919
Production Date:
September 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 November 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14410
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,213
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Actress-manager Helen O'Hara flirts with wealthy adventurous clubman Richard Carlin, about to leave for Zululand, who says that pursuing African women, guarded by their large, jealous males, is more thrilling than courting "civilized" women. After Helen introduces Richard to her husband Terry, she appeals to Richard's sense of daring and invites him to a mountain camp, where she initiates an embrace, which Terry interrupts. A subsequent duel leaves Terry badly wounded. As Helen tells Richard that she met him earlier in college and now loves him, a dam gives way, and they work together to replace its logs so that a hospital downstream housing crippled children will not be harmed. Richard then kidnaps Helen and takes her aboard a yacht. After harbor police board the yacht, Richard leaps into the water and strikes his head on a police patrol boat pursuing them. Richard awakens to find that Terry, unharmed, is really Helen's brother, and that she has succeeded in making him fall in love with her, even though she is ... +


Actress-manager Helen O'Hara flirts with wealthy adventurous clubman Richard Carlin, about to leave for Zululand, who says that pursuing African women, guarded by their large, jealous males, is more thrilling than courting "civilized" women. After Helen introduces Richard to her husband Terry, she appeals to Richard's sense of daring and invites him to a mountain camp, where she initiates an embrace, which Terry interrupts. A subsequent duel leaves Terry badly wounded. As Helen tells Richard that she met him earlier in college and now loves him, a dam gives way, and they work together to replace its logs so that a hospital downstream housing crippled children will not be harmed. Richard then kidnaps Helen and takes her aboard a yacht. After harbor police board the yacht, Richard leaps into the water and strikes his head on a police patrol boat pursuing them. Richard awakens to find that Terry, unharmed, is really Helen's brother, and that she has succeeded in making him fall in love with her, even though she is "civilized." +

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