The Call of Her People (1917)

Drama | 30 April 1917

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HISTORY

The 26 Jan 1917 Var announced the upcoming production by its working title, The Voice of Her People, adapted from Edward Shelton’s 1912 play, Egypt. Two weeks later, the title was changed to The Call of Her People, as reported in the 10 Feb 1917 Motography. The film was the first in a series of “special productions” starring Ethel Barrymore for Metro Pictures Corp., each with a minimum budget of $100,000. Metro subsidiary Columbia Pictures Corp., which produced the film, was not affiliated with Columbia Pictures, founded the following year as CBC Film Sales Corporation.
       The 17 Feb 1917 Moving Picture World stated that principal photography was nearing completion at Metro’s Jacksonville, FL, studio. As noted in the 10 Mar 1917 issue, Metro co-founder Louis B. Mayer visited the set while vacationing in Florida. One week later, Moving Picture World reported that Metro closed its Southern studios for the season and the company was returning to New York City. Florida resident Henry M. Flagler provided the mansion that served as the home of character “Gordon Lindsay.”
       The Call of Her People was released 30 Apr 1917. According to the 9 Jun 1917 Moving Picture World, the film opened the week of 27 Jun 1917 at the Rialto Theatre in New York City. Although critical response was fairly positive, a review in the 16 Jun 1917 Motion Picture News concluded that Shelton’s play was “never meant for the screen,” noting unintended laughter from the audience during a Rialto showing. It ... More Less

The 26 Jan 1917 Var announced the upcoming production by its working title, The Voice of Her People, adapted from Edward Shelton’s 1912 play, Egypt. Two weeks later, the title was changed to The Call of Her People, as reported in the 10 Feb 1917 Motography. The film was the first in a series of “special productions” starring Ethel Barrymore for Metro Pictures Corp., each with a minimum budget of $100,000. Metro subsidiary Columbia Pictures Corp., which produced the film, was not affiliated with Columbia Pictures, founded the following year as CBC Film Sales Corporation.
       The 17 Feb 1917 Moving Picture World stated that principal photography was nearing completion at Metro’s Jacksonville, FL, studio. As noted in the 10 Mar 1917 issue, Metro co-founder Louis B. Mayer visited the set while vacationing in Florida. One week later, Moving Picture World reported that Metro closed its Southern studios for the season and the company was returning to New York City. Florida resident Henry M. Flagler provided the mansion that served as the home of character “Gordon Lindsay.”
       The Call of Her People was released 30 Apr 1917. According to the 9 Jun 1917 Moving Picture World, the film opened the week of 27 Jun 1917 at the Rialto Theatre in New York City. Although critical response was fairly positive, a review in the 16 Jun 1917 Motion Picture News concluded that Shelton’s play was “never meant for the screen,” noting unintended laughter from the audience during a Rialto showing. It was also revealed that the print had undergone “special editing” to reduce footage prior to the New York City debut.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
9 Jun 1917
p. 54
Motion Picture News
16 Jun 1917
p. 3793
Motography
10 Feb 1917
p. 302
Motography
17 Feb 1917
p. 376
Motography
3 Mar 1917
p. 492
Motography
30 Jun 1917
p. 1397
Moving Picture World
10 Feb 1917
p. 874
Moving Picture World
17 Feb 1917
p. 1043
Moving Picture World
10 Mar 1917
p. 1641
Moving Picture World
17 Mar 1917
p. 1784, 1790
Moving Picture World
5 May 1917
p. 815
Moving Picture World
9 Jun 1917
p. 1580
Moving Picture World
16 Jun 1917
p. 1796
NYDM
2 Jun 1917
p. 24
NYDM
9 Jun 1917
p. 30
Photoplay
Jul 1917
p. 38
Variety
26 Jan 1917
p. 24
Variety
2 Jun 1917
p. 23
Wid's Daily
7 Jun 1917
p. 354
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Voice of Her People
Release Date:
30 April 1917
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 27 June 1917
Production Date:
ended late February 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Rolfe Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 April 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10630
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Faro Black, the chief of the Gypsies, returns to camp in the South just after Egypt and his son Faro have completed their marriage vows. Angered, the chief tells them that the wedding means nothing, as Egypt is really the daughter of Gordon Lindsay, a wealthy man who is coming to claim her. Thus the lovers are torn apart, but vow to remain true to each other. In her new home, Egypt is unhappy and her love for Faro turns to bitterness when he does not return for her. In truth, Faro is being held prisoner by his relentless father, who, on his death bed, startles Faro with the information that Egypt is not Lindsay's daughter, but a member of the gypsies. After his father dies, Faro goes to Egypt, only to find her engaged to Nicholas Van Kleet. When the sheriff's brother insults Egypt, Faro kills the offender, and the posse sets out after the gypsy. He finds safety in Egypt's apartment, and on the eve of her marriage, the gypsy girl acknowledges her love for Faro. Van Kleet permits them to escape and they return to the gypsies, where Egypt finds happiness among her ... +


Faro Black, the chief of the Gypsies, returns to camp in the South just after Egypt and his son Faro have completed their marriage vows. Angered, the chief tells them that the wedding means nothing, as Egypt is really the daughter of Gordon Lindsay, a wealthy man who is coming to claim her. Thus the lovers are torn apart, but vow to remain true to each other. In her new home, Egypt is unhappy and her love for Faro turns to bitterness when he does not return for her. In truth, Faro is being held prisoner by his relentless father, who, on his death bed, startles Faro with the information that Egypt is not Lindsay's daughter, but a member of the gypsies. After his father dies, Faro goes to Egypt, only to find her engaged to Nicholas Van Kleet. When the sheriff's brother insults Egypt, Faro kills the offender, and the posse sets out after the gypsy. He finds safety in Egypt's apartment, and on the eve of her marriage, the gypsy girl acknowledges her love for Faro. Van Kleet permits them to escape and they return to the gypsies, where Egypt finds happiness among her people. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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