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Don’t Tell Everything marked Scottish author Lorna Moon’s first foray into screenwriting. As noted in a 27 Aug 1921 Moving Picture World brief, after her original story was “accepted as a special all-star Paramount vehicle for Gloria Swanson,” the Realart Corporation hired Moon on to its writing staff.
       According to the 30 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News, The Rainbow's End was ready to be "started at once" by director Sam Wood, starring Elliott Dexter, Wallace Reid, and Gloria Swanson. Principal photography began in late Jul 1921, according to a 27 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News item, which noted that Wood had begun work on the picture the previous week.
       On 1 Dec 1921, American Cinematographer stated that the film was playing at Grauman’s Rialto Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, as of the week of 28 Nov 1921.
       The Jan 1922 Picture-Play Magazine incorrectly stated that Sam Wood’s daughter, Baby Gloria Wood, made her feature film debut in Don’t Tell Everything. However, the child actress had previously appeared in Peck’s Bad Boy (1921, see entry). As an adult, Baby Gloria Wood went on to appear in numerous films and television programs, first billed as either Katharine or Katherine Stevens, and later under the name by which she became best known, K. T. Stevens.
       An item in the 4 Feb 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review highlighted the promotional strategy of the New Theatre in Baltimore, MD, which sent postcards to Baltimore residents that were blank except for the title of the picture. The item noted, “This teaser exploitation was ... More Less

Don’t Tell Everything marked Scottish author Lorna Moon’s first foray into screenwriting. As noted in a 27 Aug 1921 Moving Picture World brief, after her original story was “accepted as a special all-star Paramount vehicle for Gloria Swanson,” the Realart Corporation hired Moon on to its writing staff.
       According to the 30 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News, The Rainbow's End was ready to be "started at once" by director Sam Wood, starring Elliott Dexter, Wallace Reid, and Gloria Swanson. Principal photography began in late Jul 1921, according to a 27 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News item, which noted that Wood had begun work on the picture the previous week.
       On 1 Dec 1921, American Cinematographer stated that the film was playing at Grauman’s Rialto Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, as of the week of 28 Nov 1921.
       The Jan 1922 Picture-Play Magazine incorrectly stated that Sam Wood’s daughter, Baby Gloria Wood, made her feature film debut in Don’t Tell Everything. However, the child actress had previously appeared in Peck’s Bad Boy (1921, see entry). As an adult, Baby Gloria Wood went on to appear in numerous films and television programs, first billed as either Katharine or Katherine Stevens, and later under the name by which she became best known, K. T. Stevens.
       An item in the 4 Feb 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review highlighted the promotional strategy of the New Theatre in Baltimore, MD, which sent postcards to Baltimore residents that were blank except for the title of the picture. The item noted, “This teaser exploitation was many times more effective than a card with a heavily worded advertisement.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
1 Dec 1921.
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Exhibitors Herald
17 Dec 1921.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
4 Feb 1922.
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Motion Picture News
30 Jul 1921
p. 689.
Motion Picture News
27 Aug 1921.
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Moving Picture World
20 Aug 1921.
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Moving Picture World
27 Aug 1921.
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Picture-Play Magazine
Jan 1922.
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Variety
16 Dec 1921.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Rainbow's End
Release Date:
11 December 1921
Premiere Information:
Des Moines, IA, premiere: ca13 November 1921
Production Date:
began August 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 November 1921
Copyright Number:
LP17186
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,939
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Marian Westover is loved by wealthy young Cullen Dale and his best friend, Harvey Gilroy, but the latter's loyalty to Dale keeps him silent. After they both sustain injuries in a polo game, Cullen shows particular solicitude in caring for his friend. Cullen proposes to and is accepted by Marian, but she becomes jealous of his former girl friends, and when Jessica Ramsey arrives and tries to capture Cullen, Marian fails in emulating her athletic prowess. Jessica invites the couple to a mountain lodge, but when Marian refuses to go Cullen sweeps her into an automobile and has a marriage ceremony performed. She returns home, and Cullen goes on to the lodge, keeping his marriage secret. A storm prevents Cullen from returning home, and Marian, in alarm, enlists the aid of Gilroy; at the lodge everything is explained to the satisfaction of all but ... +


Marian Westover is loved by wealthy young Cullen Dale and his best friend, Harvey Gilroy, but the latter's loyalty to Dale keeps him silent. After they both sustain injuries in a polo game, Cullen shows particular solicitude in caring for his friend. Cullen proposes to and is accepted by Marian, but she becomes jealous of his former girl friends, and when Jessica Ramsey arrives and tries to capture Cullen, Marian fails in emulating her athletic prowess. Jessica invites the couple to a mountain lodge, but when Marian refuses to go Cullen sweeps her into an automobile and has a marriage ceremony performed. She returns home, and Cullen goes on to the lodge, keeping his marriage secret. A storm prevents Cullen from returning home, and Marian, in alarm, enlists the aid of Gilroy; at the lodge everything is explained to the satisfaction of all but Jessica. +

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