Fancy Baggage (1929)

70 mins | Drama | 26 January 1929

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HISTORY

Fancy Baggage was first announced in the 12 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World as a forthcoming Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. release starring Audrey Ferris. According to the 6 Jun 1928 FD, the picture would include Vitaphone talking sequences.
       The 1 Aug 1928 Var named Scott R. Dunlap as the director. However, on 25 Aug 1928, Motion Picture News reported that the pictures of Dunlap and John G. Adolfi had been reassigned, with Adolfi directing Fancy Baggage, and Dunlap helming One Stolen Night (1929, see entry).
       The 12 Sep 1928 Var stated that production was underway at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA. On 24 Nov 1928, Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World indicated that filming was completed, announcing that the film was currently in the cutting room.
       The 5 Jan 1929 Motion Picture News announced that the picture would be pre-released on 26 Jan 1929 in theaters equipped with Vitaphone sound playback. A production release chart in the 23 Mar 1929 issue confirmed the 26 Jan 1929 sound release and the 23 Feb 1929 opening of the silent version.
       The picture opened in New York City at the Mark Strand Theatre for one day only on 14 Mar 1929, as stated in the 20 Mar 1929 Var. Reviews were mostly negative, with Var and the 17 Mar 1929 FD complaining of the unintelligible talking sequences and the weak ... More Less

Fancy Baggage was first announced in the 12 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World as a forthcoming Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. release starring Audrey Ferris. According to the 6 Jun 1928 FD, the picture would include Vitaphone talking sequences.
       The 1 Aug 1928 Var named Scott R. Dunlap as the director. However, on 25 Aug 1928, Motion Picture News reported that the pictures of Dunlap and John G. Adolfi had been reassigned, with Adolfi directing Fancy Baggage, and Dunlap helming One Stolen Night (1929, see entry).
       The 12 Sep 1928 Var stated that production was underway at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA. On 24 Nov 1928, Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World indicated that filming was completed, announcing that the film was currently in the cutting room.
       The 5 Jan 1929 Motion Picture News announced that the picture would be pre-released on 26 Jan 1929 in theaters equipped with Vitaphone sound playback. A production release chart in the 23 Mar 1929 issue confirmed the 26 Jan 1929 sound release and the 23 Feb 1929 opening of the silent version.
       The picture opened in New York City at the Mark Strand Theatre for one day only on 14 Mar 1929, as stated in the 20 Mar 1929 Var. Reviews were mostly negative, with Var and the 17 Mar 1929 FD complaining of the unintelligible talking sequences and the weak story. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
12 May 1928
p. 95.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
24 Nov 1928
p. 39.
Film Daily
6 Jun 1928
p. 8.
Film Daily
19 Jun 1928
p. 10.
Film Daily
17 Mar 1929
p. 4.
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1928
p. 620.
Motion Picture News
5 Jan 1929
p. 31.
Motion Picture News
23 Mar 1929
p. 937.
Variety
1 Aug 1928
p. 53.
Variety
12 Sep 1928
p. 7.
Variety
20 Mar 1929
p. 13.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 January 1929
Premiere Information:
Silent version release: 23 February 1929
New York opening: 14 March 1929
Production Date:
early September--mid November 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 January 1929
Copyright Number:
LP33
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Talking seq, mus score, and sd eff by Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si, 23 Feb 1929; 5,983 ft.
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,447
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Naomi Iverson learns that her father has assumed the blame for engaging in an illegal stock pool and is to be sentenced by the Federal Government to 5 years in prison. In return, Iverson will receive a check for $1 million from John Hardin, his former partner and now his bitterest enemy. She appropriates the check and goes to Hardin's yacht hoping to recover the written "confession." There she meets and falls in love with Hardin's son, Ernest. Complications set in when Iverson arrives and is set adrift by Tony, leader of a gang of rumrunners. Tony, who covets Naomi, gets involved in a fight with Ernest; Tony corners her, but she is rescued by Ernest. The revenue officers seize the rum boat and arrest the two old men as bootleggers. When Naomi and Ernest confront their fathers with their love, the fathers bow to necessity and once again become ... +


Naomi Iverson learns that her father has assumed the blame for engaging in an illegal stock pool and is to be sentenced by the Federal Government to 5 years in prison. In return, Iverson will receive a check for $1 million from John Hardin, his former partner and now his bitterest enemy. She appropriates the check and goes to Hardin's yacht hoping to recover the written "confession." There she meets and falls in love with Hardin's son, Ernest. Complications set in when Iverson arrives and is set adrift by Tony, leader of a gang of rumrunners. Tony, who covets Naomi, gets involved in a fight with Ernest; Tony corners her, but she is rescued by Ernest. The revenue officers seize the rum boat and arrest the two old men as bootleggers. When Naomi and Ernest confront their fathers with their love, the fathers bow to necessity and once again become friends. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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