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The 4 May 1918 Motion Picture News announced the provisionally titled A Penny’s Worth of Love as the next project for actress Carmel Myers and director Elsie Jane Wilson. Production began the following week, according to the 11 May 1918 Motion Picture News. Shortly before the picture opened, the 22 Jun 1918 issue reported that the title had been officially changed to City of Tears. General release was schedule for 24 Jun 1918, in place of another Bluebird Photoplays, Inc., production, After the War (1918, see entry). The 13 Jul 1918 Exhibitors Herald listed an 8 Jul 1918 release date.
       City of Tears garnered lukewarm to positive critical notices. A review in the 22 Jun 1918 Motion Picture News stated that Elsie Jane Wilson had a more sensitive approach to directing women than did her male counterparts. While some sources have stated that the picture was released on 24 Jun 1918, others list the date as 8 Jul ... More Less

The 4 May 1918 Motion Picture News announced the provisionally titled A Penny’s Worth of Love as the next project for actress Carmel Myers and director Elsie Jane Wilson. Production began the following week, according to the 11 May 1918 Motion Picture News. Shortly before the picture opened, the 22 Jun 1918 issue reported that the title had been officially changed to City of Tears. General release was schedule for 24 Jun 1918, in place of another Bluebird Photoplays, Inc., production, After the War (1918, see entry). The 13 Jul 1918 Exhibitors Herald listed an 8 Jul 1918 release date.
       City of Tears garnered lukewarm to positive critical notices. A review in the 22 Jun 1918 Motion Picture News stated that Elsie Jane Wilson had a more sensitive approach to directing women than did her male counterparts. While some sources have stated that the picture was released on 24 Jun 1918, others list the date as 8 Jul 1918. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
6 Jul 1918
p. 28
Exhibitors Herald
13 Jul 1918
p. 25
Exhibitors Trade Review
6 Jul 1918
p. 399
Motion Picture News
4 May 1918
p. 2714
Motion Picture News
11 May 1918
p. 2834
Motion Picture News
22 Jun 1918
p. 3720, 3688
Motion Picture News
29 Jun 1918
p. 1
Motion Picture News
6 Jul 1918
p. 117
Moving Picture World
13 Jul 1918
p. 246
Moving Picture World
20 Jul 1918
p. 459
NYDM
13 Jul 1918
p. 52
Wid's Daily
30 Jun 1918
pp. 7-8
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Story and scen
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Penny's Worth of Love
Release Date:
24 June 1918
Production Date:
began early May 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 June 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12552
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rosa Carillo loses her singing job with a bankrupt Italian opera company and chooses to work in Tony Bonchi's delicatessen, rather than accept a proposition from artist Billy Leeds, who has offered to "take care" of her. Rosa is secretly in love with Tony, and believes that Billy is in love with his estranged model, Maria. When Tony is arrested on a false charge, Rosa promises to accept Billy's offer if he will arrange Tony's release. After Tony regains his freedom, Rosa introduces him to his long-lost sister Maria. Tony proposes to Rosa, while lovers Billy and Maria are ... +


Rosa Carillo loses her singing job with a bankrupt Italian opera company and chooses to work in Tony Bonchi's delicatessen, rather than accept a proposition from artist Billy Leeds, who has offered to "take care" of her. Rosa is secretly in love with Tony, and believes that Billy is in love with his estranged model, Maria. When Tony is arrested on a false charge, Rosa promises to accept Billy's offer if he will arrange Tony's release. After Tony regains his freedom, Rosa introduces him to his long-lost sister Maria. Tony proposes to Rosa, while lovers Billy and Maria are reunited. +

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