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The film's opening title card reads: "The Blot An original story written and directed by Lois Weber." After the opening credits, prior to the action, a title card reads: "Men are only boys grown tall."
       A 16 Jun 1921 Wid’s Daily item reported that principal photography was recently completed. The story was kept under wraps, and a fall 1921 release was anticipated. The Blot was set to be the first release for the newly formed F. B. Warren Corp., which claimed in a 16 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News advertisement to be “the largest independent distributing company in the industry.” F. B. Warren anticipated high ticket sales for The Blot, as writer-director Lois Weber’s previous films had grossed more than $500,000 four years earlier, at a time “when no pictures except ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ ‘Quo Vadis’ and ‘Cabiria’ were grossing half that amount.”
       On 13 Aug 1921, an advertisement in Motion Picture News announced that prints would be at all F. B. Warren branches as of 10 Aug 1921, and available for pre-release showings beginning 21 Aug 1921. According to a 10 Sep 1921 Exhibitors Herald brief, the world premiere took place at Barbee’s Loop Theatre in Chicago, IL, followed by a general release on 4 Sep 1921. Concurrent showings were scheduled for the Lubiner & Trinz circuit, the Andrew Karsas circuit, the Ascher Brothers circuit, and the Schoenstadt circuit, all in Chicago.
       Critcal reception was positive. The 27 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News review described The Blot as “a splendid example” of Lois Weber’s ... More Less

The film's opening title card reads: "The Blot An original story written and directed by Lois Weber." After the opening credits, prior to the action, a title card reads: "Men are only boys grown tall."
       A 16 Jun 1921 Wid’s Daily item reported that principal photography was recently completed. The story was kept under wraps, and a fall 1921 release was anticipated. The Blot was set to be the first release for the newly formed F. B. Warren Corp., which claimed in a 16 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News advertisement to be “the largest independent distributing company in the industry.” F. B. Warren anticipated high ticket sales for The Blot, as writer-director Lois Weber’s previous films had grossed more than $500,000 four years earlier, at a time “when no pictures except ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ ‘Quo Vadis’ and ‘Cabiria’ were grossing half that amount.”
       On 13 Aug 1921, an advertisement in Motion Picture News announced that prints would be at all F. B. Warren branches as of 10 Aug 1921, and available for pre-release showings beginning 21 Aug 1921. According to a 10 Sep 1921 Exhibitors Herald brief, the world premiere took place at Barbee’s Loop Theatre in Chicago, IL, followed by a general release on 4 Sep 1921. Concurrent showings were scheduled for the Lubiner & Trinz circuit, the Andrew Karsas circuit, the Ascher Brothers circuit, and the Schoenstadt circuit, all in Chicago.
       Critcal reception was positive. The 27 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News review described The Blot as “a splendid example” of Lois Weber’s directing talent and technical ability. The film was praised as “vivid and eminently constructive” in a review in the Dec 1921 issue of Educational Film Magazine ; however, the following edits were suggested: “The title referring to the tailor who cuts ‘Pint or quart pockets’; scene of girls smoking; several short scenes of drinking; brief glimpses of shimmying.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Daily Tribune
22 Aug 1921.
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Educational Film Magazine
Dec 1921.
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Exhibitors Herald
10 Sep 1921.
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Film Daily
21 Aug 1921
p. 2.
Motion Picture News
16 Jul 1921.
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Motion Picture News
13 Aug 1921.
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Motion Picture News
27 Aug 1921.
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Photoplay
Nov 1921
p. 113.
Variety
19 Aug 1921
p. 35.
Wid's Daily
16 Jun 1921
p. 1.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Advisory dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Prepared for the screen by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Lighting
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 September 1921
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Chicago: 21 August 1921
Production Date:
late spring 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Lois Weber Productions
Copyright Date:
25 August 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16892
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,118
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Downtrodden Professor Griggs has a daughter, Amelia, a clerk in the public library, who is admired by Phil West, one of her father's pupils; but because he is from a wealthy family she keeps her distance. She is likewise admired by a poor minister and by young Olsen, their neighbor's son. When Amelia is taken ill, her mother is unable to provide her with enough nourishment and steals a chicken from her neighbor's kitchen. Phil West intervenes to help the Griggs family; and after persuading his father, a college trustee, to increase the professor's salary, Amelia and Phil become engaged. Amelia finds that her mother has returned the chicken, and happiness comes to ... +


Downtrodden Professor Griggs has a daughter, Amelia, a clerk in the public library, who is admired by Phil West, one of her father's pupils; but because he is from a wealthy family she keeps her distance. She is likewise admired by a poor minister and by young Olsen, their neighbor's son. When Amelia is taken ill, her mother is unable to provide her with enough nourishment and steals a chicken from her neighbor's kitchen. Phil West intervenes to help the Griggs family; and after persuading his father, a college trustee, to increase the professor's salary, Amelia and Phil become engaged. Amelia finds that her mother has returned the chicken, and happiness comes to all. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

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

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