Lightnin' (1930)

94 mins | Comedy-drama | 7 December 1930

Director:

Henry King

Cinematographer:

Chester Lyons

Editor:

Louis Loeffler

Production Designer:

Harry Oliver

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

According to news items and reviews, the picture was shot in the area around Lake Tahoe, near the California-Nevada state line. According to various news items, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. was initially cast in the role of "John Marvin."
       Helen Cohan (1910--1996) was the daughter of songwriter and Broadway musical comedy star George M. Cohan. Lightnin' was her first feature film. John Ford directed a silent adaptation of the successful Broadway play in 1925. That film, which also was entitled Lightnin' was a Fox production starring Jay Hunt and Madge Bellamy (see entry). ... More Less

According to news items and reviews, the picture was shot in the area around Lake Tahoe, near the California-Nevada state line. According to various news items, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. was initially cast in the role of "John Marvin."
       Helen Cohan (1910--1996) was the daughter of songwriter and Broadway musical comedy star George M. Cohan. Lightnin' was her first feature film. John Ford directed a silent adaptation of the successful Broadway play in 1925. That film, which also was entitled Lightnin' was a Fox production starring Jay Hunt and Madge Bellamy (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
26 Dec 1930
p. 19.
Film Daily
2 Nov 1930.
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Milwaukee Sentinel
15 Aug 1930
p. 4.
New York Times
14 Sep 1930
p. 109.
New York Times
29 Nov 1930
p. 13.
Variety
3 Dec 1930
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Scr adpt
Scr adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Lightnin by Winchell Smith and Frank Bacon (New York, 26 Aug 1918).
SONGS
By Joseph McCarthy and James F. Hanley.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 December 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 28 November 1930
Production Date:
began early August 1927 in Lake Tahoe, CA and NV
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 October 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1729
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
94
Length(in feet):
8,500
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Along the California-Nevada border, chronically lazy Spanish-American War veteran Bill Jones, nicknamed "Lightnin'" because he moves and acts so cautiously, lives in a hotel run by his wife and grown daughter Milly. The hotel is frequented by married women from California who are seeking a quick divorce as Nevada residents, but find that they must endure lectures from the liquor-loving Bill on the sanctity of marriage. Another resident is John Marvin, a young lawyer wanted for embezzlement, who manages to evade arrest warrants by sheriffs from both states by strategically moving back and forth across the California-Nevada line. The long-suffering Mrs. Jones decides to divorce Bill after he refuses to sign papers to sell the hotel to Thomas, a speculator who is offering stock instead of cash for the hotel. Bill eventually saves his marriage and the hotel by proving in court that Thomas is a crook who was planning to use phony stock for the purchase. He also helps prove that John is innocent of the embezzlement charge, thus enabling John to marry Milly, with whom he has fallen in ... +


Along the California-Nevada border, chronically lazy Spanish-American War veteran Bill Jones, nicknamed "Lightnin'" because he moves and acts so cautiously, lives in a hotel run by his wife and grown daughter Milly. The hotel is frequented by married women from California who are seeking a quick divorce as Nevada residents, but find that they must endure lectures from the liquor-loving Bill on the sanctity of marriage. Another resident is John Marvin, a young lawyer wanted for embezzlement, who manages to evade arrest warrants by sheriffs from both states by strategically moving back and forth across the California-Nevada line. The long-suffering Mrs. Jones decides to divorce Bill after he refuses to sign papers to sell the hotel to Thomas, a speculator who is offering stock instead of cash for the hotel. Bill eventually saves his marriage and the hotel by proving in court that Thomas is a crook who was planning to use phony stock for the purchase. He also helps prove that John is innocent of the embezzlement charge, thus enabling John to marry Milly, with whom he has fallen in love. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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