The Adventures of Carol (1917)

Drama | 12 November 1917

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HISTORY

The 18 Aug 1917 Motography announced When Carol Took the Subway as the working title for the next release starring child actress Madge Evans. Principal photography was currently in progress. The film was soon renamed The Little Patriot, as reported in the 22 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News. One month later, the 20 Oct 1917 Exhibitors Herald reported The Adventures of Carol as the official title.
       The film opened during the week of 21 Oct 1917 at the Park Theatre in New York City, according to the 3 Nov 1917 Moving Picture World. A general release date of 12 Nov 1917 was listed in the 24 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News.
       Madge Evans’s performance garnered enthusiastic reviews, as did that of her animal co-star, a monkey named “Garibaldi.” The 17 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News noted a scene featuring a pair of unidentified African American comics, who appeared “in a light that is much more pleasing than the ordinary effect of such players.” The review also mentioned that a number of exterior scenes were shot in New York City.
       A letter published in the Mar 1918 Photoplay from reader Harry Austin of Jersey City, NJ, described a scene in which the character, Beppo, drank liquor in a Virginia saloon. Austin explained that Virginia was a “dry” state that prohibited both alcoholic beverages and barrooms. ... More Less

The 18 Aug 1917 Motography announced When Carol Took the Subway as the working title for the next release starring child actress Madge Evans. Principal photography was currently in progress. The film was soon renamed The Little Patriot, as reported in the 22 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News. One month later, the 20 Oct 1917 Exhibitors Herald reported The Adventures of Carol as the official title.
       The film opened during the week of 21 Oct 1917 at the Park Theatre in New York City, according to the 3 Nov 1917 Moving Picture World. A general release date of 12 Nov 1917 was listed in the 24 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News.
       Madge Evans’s performance garnered enthusiastic reviews, as did that of her animal co-star, a monkey named “Garibaldi.” The 17 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News noted a scene featuring a pair of unidentified African American comics, who appeared “in a light that is much more pleasing than the ordinary effect of such players.” The review also mentioned that a number of exterior scenes were shot in New York City.
       A letter published in the Mar 1918 Photoplay from reader Harry Austin of Jersey City, NJ, described a scene in which the character, Beppo, drank liquor in a Virginia saloon. Austin explained that Virginia was a “dry” state that prohibited both alcoholic beverages and barrooms.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
20 Oct 1917
p. 31
Motion Picture News
22 Sep 1917
p. 2062
Motion Picture News
17 Nov 1917
p. 3486
Motion Picture News
24 Nov 1917
p. 3672
Motion Picture News
29 Dec 1917
p. 4515
Motography
18 Aug 1917
p. 344
Motography
20 Oct 1917
p. 807
Motography
17 Nov 1917
p. 1054
Motography
3 Nov 1917
p. 807
Motography
8 Dec 1917
p. 1216
Moving Picture World
3 Nov 1917
p. 681
Moving Picture World
10 Nov 1917
p. 879
Moving Picture World
17 Nov 1917
p. 1073
Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1917
p. 1531
NYDM
10 Nov 1917
p. 18
Photoplay
Mar 1918
p. 89
Variety
2 Nov 1917
p. 49
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
When Carol Took the Subway
The Little Patriot
Release Date:
12 November 1917
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 21 October 1917
Production Date:
August 1917
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LU11655
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,200
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When little Carol Montgomery's father, a navy commander, discovers a spy in the house, he earnestly counsels the family not to answer questions regarding themselves. Later, while attempting to follow her mother, Carol becomes lost on the subway, and, taking her father's words to heart, refuses to tell a police officer who she is. Eluding the officer, Carol falls asleep in a tenement hallway where she is found by Beppo, an Italian organ grinder who decides to add her to his show. They travel south, where, becoming separated from Beppo, Carol seeks refuge at the Fairfax plantation. Mrs. Fairfax, estranged from her husband because he had disowned their daughter years earlier when she eloped without his permission, refuses to speak to anyone. However, under Carol's winning influence, the Fairfaxes are reconciled and send for their long-lost daughter, who turns out to be Carol's ... +


When little Carol Montgomery's father, a navy commander, discovers a spy in the house, he earnestly counsels the family not to answer questions regarding themselves. Later, while attempting to follow her mother, Carol becomes lost on the subway, and, taking her father's words to heart, refuses to tell a police officer who she is. Eluding the officer, Carol falls asleep in a tenement hallway where she is found by Beppo, an Italian organ grinder who decides to add her to his show. They travel south, where, becoming separated from Beppo, Carol seeks refuge at the Fairfax plantation. Mrs. Fairfax, estranged from her husband because he had disowned their daughter years earlier when she eloped without his permission, refuses to speak to anyone. However, under Carol's winning influence, the Fairfaxes are reconciled and send for their long-lost daughter, who turns out to be Carol's mother. +

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