Director:

John Ford

Writer:

Frances Marion

Cinematographer:

Joseph August

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The 22 Dec 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review reported that Sam Allen, who resembled the original play's writer and star, the late Frank Bacon, was signed by Preferred Pictures to play the leading role of "Lightnin' Jones." However, Preferred Pictures did not make the picture, and Allen was apparently not involved in the finished film.
       Fox produced a sound and dialogue adaptation of the play in 1930. Also entitled Lightnin' , that film was directed by Henry King and starred Will Rogers and Louise Dresser (see ... More Less

The 22 Dec 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review reported that Sam Allen, who resembled the original play's writer and star, the late Frank Bacon, was signed by Preferred Pictures to play the leading role of "Lightnin' Jones." However, Preferred Pictures did not make the picture, and Allen was apparently not involved in the finished film.
       Fox produced a sound and dialogue adaptation of the play in 1930. Also entitled Lightnin' , that film was directed by Henry King and starred Will Rogers and Louise Dresser (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
22 Dec 1923
p. 27.
Exhibitors Trade Review
8 Aug 1925
p. 40.
Film Daily
26 Jul 1925.
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New York Times
22 Jul 1925
p. 14.
Variety
22 Jul 1925
p. 31.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 August 1925
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 22 July 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 July 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21685
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,050
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lightnin' Bill Jones, a man partial to the bottle, does chores and odd jobs around the Calivada Hotel, which is run by his wife and their adopted daughter, Millie. Real estate hucksters, learning that the hotel stands on a proposed railroad right of way, talk Mother Jones into selling the land, but, on the advice of John Marvin, a young lawyer in love with Millie, Bill refuses to sign the bill of sale. Mother Jones orders him from the house, and he goes to live in the Old Soldiers' Home. The schemers persuade Mother Jones to divorce Bill, and she takes him to court. Mother Jones has a change of heart, however, and is reconciled with Bill. The schemers are arrested, and John and Millie become ... +


Lightnin' Bill Jones, a man partial to the bottle, does chores and odd jobs around the Calivada Hotel, which is run by his wife and their adopted daughter, Millie. Real estate hucksters, learning that the hotel stands on a proposed railroad right of way, talk Mother Jones into selling the land, but, on the advice of John Marvin, a young lawyer in love with Millie, Bill refuses to sign the bill of sale. Mother Jones orders him from the house, and he goes to live in the Old Soldiers' Home. The schemers persuade Mother Jones to divorce Bill, and she takes him to court. Mother Jones has a change of heart, however, and is reconciled with Bill. The schemers are arrested, and John and Millie become engaged. +

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