Kindred of the Dust (1922)

Romance, Melodrama | 27 February 1922

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HISTORY

Ralph Spence was scheduled to accompany director R. (Raoul) A. Walsh to Los Angeles, CA, and write the continuity, or subtitles, for Kindred of the Dust enroute, the 5 Mar 1921 FD noted, but Spence is not listed in credits. Two months later, Walsh’s “scenario staff” was still “preparing the continuity,” according to the 17 May 1921 FD.
       The 1 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News reported that R. A. Walsh and his cast and crew were leaving for Fort Bragg, CA, to shoot logging scenes. The 22 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News announced that principal photography, which had begun “about the middle of August,” was completed and had gone to “the cutting and editing rooms.”
       The 17 Jan 1922 FD announced that the film would be previewed three days later at the Ritz Carlton in New York City. Nine months later, the 3 Sep 1922 FD commented that Kindred of the Dust “was privately shown some time ago, but reached Broadway only last week.” Walsh’s friends who saw the preview “conceded that the picture needed cutting.” The reviewer, who had seen the preview, remarked that Walsh weakened the story by adding “a new reel” featuring “Nan” and her childhood sweetheart, but the change required original scenes to be trimmed, “and to bridge this he has used titles.” The length given for the production was 8,422 feet, which may have been the original length, because other sources reported the film was 7,439 feet long.
       Kindred of the Dust was restored by Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation with support from the George Eastman ... More Less

Ralph Spence was scheduled to accompany director R. (Raoul) A. Walsh to Los Angeles, CA, and write the continuity, or subtitles, for Kindred of the Dust enroute, the 5 Mar 1921 FD noted, but Spence is not listed in credits. Two months later, Walsh’s “scenario staff” was still “preparing the continuity,” according to the 17 May 1921 FD.
       The 1 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News reported that R. A. Walsh and his cast and crew were leaving for Fort Bragg, CA, to shoot logging scenes. The 22 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News announced that principal photography, which had begun “about the middle of August,” was completed and had gone to “the cutting and editing rooms.”
       The 17 Jan 1922 FD announced that the film would be previewed three days later at the Ritz Carlton in New York City. Nine months later, the 3 Sep 1922 FD commented that Kindred of the Dust “was privately shown some time ago, but reached Broadway only last week.” Walsh’s friends who saw the preview “conceded that the picture needed cutting.” The reviewer, who had seen the preview, remarked that Walsh weakened the story by adding “a new reel” featuring “Nan” and her childhood sweetheart, but the change required original scenes to be trimmed, “and to bridge this he has used titles.” The length given for the production was 8,422 feet, which may have been the original length, because other sources reported the film was 7,439 feet long.
       Kindred of the Dust was restored by Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation with support from the George Eastman House.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
4 Feb 1922
p. 62.
Film Daily
5 Mar 1921
p. 4.
Film Daily
17 May 1921
p. 1.
Film Daily
17 Jan 1922
p. 2.
Film Daily
5 May 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
9 Aug 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
21 Aug 1922
p. 4.
Film Daily
3 Sep 1922
p. 15.
Film Daily
15 Sep 1992
p. 3.
Motion Picture News
3 Sep 1921
p. 1228.
Motion Picture News
1 Oct 1921
p. 1770.
Motion Picture News
22 Oct 1921
p. 2178.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 February 1922
Premiere Information:
New York preview: 20 January 1922
Production Date:
Mid-August - mid October 1921
Copyright Claimant:
R. A. Walsh Co.
Copyright Date:
3 August 1922
Copyright Number:
LP18110
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,439
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Discovering that her husband is a bigamist, Nan returns with her young child to her Puget Sound, Washington, logging town hoping to live with her father. Everyone treats her as an outcast until Donald McKaye, her childhood sweetheart and the son of a millionaire, returns from college. Donald’s parents and sisters thwart their romance, believing that the mother of a bastard child is beneath him, but when Donald becomes gravely ill, his mother calls on Nan to nurse him back to health. Donald’s marriage to Nan drives his father to disinherit him, and the old man fails to relent even after Donald saves his life in a river accident. Finally, the arrival of a son prompts a family ... +


Discovering that her husband is a bigamist, Nan returns with her young child to her Puget Sound, Washington, logging town hoping to live with her father. Everyone treats her as an outcast until Donald McKaye, her childhood sweetheart and the son of a millionaire, returns from college. Donald’s parents and sisters thwart their romance, believing that the mother of a bastard child is beneath him, but when Donald becomes gravely ill, his mother calls on Nan to nurse him back to health. Donald’s marriage to Nan drives his father to disinherit him, and the old man fails to relent even after Donald saves his life in a river accident. Finally, the arrival of a son prompts a family reconciliation. +

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