Adam and Eva (1923)

Comedy | 11 March 1923

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HISTORY

The 1 Sep 1922 Var reported the $20,000 sale of motion picture rights for the popular stage play, Adam and Eva, written by Guy Bolton and George Middleton. The early Sep 1922 start of principal photography was announced in the 2 Sep 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review. Ten days of location filming was planned for Stamford, CT, and vicinity. Interior shooting took place at Cosmopolitan Studios in New York City. Actress Amy Ongley was listed among the cast members. On 7 Oct 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review noted that filming was nearly complete.
       The Dec 1922 – Feb 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review announced the picture’s 11 Feb 1923 opening at the Rivoli Theater in New York City. The article noted that the role of the modern “Eva” would be a departure for lead actress Marion Davies, who was better known for period costume films. Adam and Eva received positive reviews, with opening-week receipts of $26,750 at the Rivoli theater in New York City and $24,000 at the McVickers Theater in Chicago, IL, as reported in the 22 Feb 1923 Var . The Mar – Apr 1923 Moving Picture World stated that the film was scheduled for an 11 Mar 1923 general release. Adam and Eva was among the last Cosmopolitan productions released through Paramount Pictures. According to the 15 Mar 1923 Var, Cosmopolitan chief William Randolph Hearst intended to release his next picture, Little Old New York (1923, see entry), through the Goldwyn ... More Less

The 1 Sep 1922 Var reported the $20,000 sale of motion picture rights for the popular stage play, Adam and Eva, written by Guy Bolton and George Middleton. The early Sep 1922 start of principal photography was announced in the 2 Sep 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review. Ten days of location filming was planned for Stamford, CT, and vicinity. Interior shooting took place at Cosmopolitan Studios in New York City. Actress Amy Ongley was listed among the cast members. On 7 Oct 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review noted that filming was nearly complete.
       The Dec 1922 – Feb 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review announced the picture’s 11 Feb 1923 opening at the Rivoli Theater in New York City. The article noted that the role of the modern “Eva” would be a departure for lead actress Marion Davies, who was better known for period costume films. Adam and Eva received positive reviews, with opening-week receipts of $26,750 at the Rivoli theater in New York City and $24,000 at the McVickers Theater in Chicago, IL, as reported in the 22 Feb 1923 Var . The Mar – Apr 1923 Moving Picture World stated that the film was scheduled for an 11 Mar 1923 general release. Adam and Eva was among the last Cosmopolitan productions released through Paramount Pictures. According to the 15 Mar 1923 Var, Cosmopolitan chief William Randolph Hearst intended to release his next picture, Little Old New York (1923, see entry), through the Goldwyn Company.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
2 Sep 1922
p. 913.
Exhibitors Trade Review
7 Oct 1922
p. 1225.
Exhibitors Trade Review
Dec 1922-Feb 1923
p. 550.
Exhibitors Trade Review
Mar-May 1923
p. 794.
Moving Picture World
Mar-Apr 1923.
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Variety
1 Sep 1922
p. 44.
Variety
15 Feb 1923
p. 42.
Variety
22 Feb 1923
p. 44.
Variety
15 Mar 1923
p. 27.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Addl photog
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Adam and Eva in Polly with a Past and Adam and Eva
Two Comedies by Guy Bolton and George Middleton (New York, 1923).
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 March 1923
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 11 February 1923
Production Date:
early September--mid October 1922
Copyright Claimant:
William Randolph Hearst
Copyright Date:
31 January 1923
Copyright Number:
LP18656
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,153
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Unable to curb his daughter Eva's extravagance or to rid himself of Eva's parasitic suitors, wealthy James King throws up his hands in despair, turns his family and business over to employee Adam Smith, and goes to South America. Adam's solution is to announce that King is ruined, his fortune, lost. Eva rises to the occasion and inspires the family to move to a farm, work hard, and change its ways. King returns unexpectedly and is angry at Adam's deception, but he is pleased to find that Eva has learned her lesson while falling in love with ... +


Unable to curb his daughter Eva's extravagance or to rid himself of Eva's parasitic suitors, wealthy James King throws up his hands in despair, turns his family and business over to employee Adam Smith, and goes to South America. Adam's solution is to announce that King is ruined, his fortune, lost. Eva rises to the occasion and inspires the family to move to a farm, work hard, and change its ways. King returns unexpectedly and is angry at Adam's deception, but he is pleased to find that Eva has learned her lesson while falling in love with Adam. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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