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The 11 Jul 1924 FD announced that Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp. (soon to be known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer following a merger), had purchased the screen rights to Lawrence Rising’s 1924 novel, Proud Flesh. The 2 Aug 1924 Exhibitors Trade Review stated that “spirited bidding” took place over the best-seller by top producers, but the purchase price was not disclosed. Five months later, the 3 Jan 1925 Moving Picture World reported that King Vidor would direct the picture, and Pat O’Malley had been cast as the male lead.
       On 4 Feb 1925, Var indicated that principal photography was underway, with the addition of lead actors Eleanor Boardman and Harrison Ford. According to the 28 Feb 1925 Moving Picture World, Vidor and company had recently returned to M-G-M Studios in Culver City, CA, to film earthquake sequences, following location filming in San Francisco and the Del Monte community in Monterey, CA. The 7 Mar 1925 Exhibitors Trade Review noted that cinematographer John Arnold was strapped to the back of a moving taxi cab to
film a scene done in San Francisco.
       The 28 Mar 1925 Moving Picture World announced that Vidor had left for NY following completion of Proud Flesh. The 11 Apr 1925 Moving Picture World listed a 27 Apr 1925 release date.
       The picture opened at New York City’s Capitol Theatre the week of 12 Apr 1925, according to the 15 Apr 1925 Var review, which deemed Proud Flesh “a corking light comedy,” and praised Vidor’s “finely drawn” handling of the “subtle” humor. Harrison Ford’s performance “fairly ... More Less

The 11 Jul 1924 FD announced that Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp. (soon to be known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer following a merger), had purchased the screen rights to Lawrence Rising’s 1924 novel, Proud Flesh. The 2 Aug 1924 Exhibitors Trade Review stated that “spirited bidding” took place over the best-seller by top producers, but the purchase price was not disclosed. Five months later, the 3 Jan 1925 Moving Picture World reported that King Vidor would direct the picture, and Pat O’Malley had been cast as the male lead.
       On 4 Feb 1925, Var indicated that principal photography was underway, with the addition of lead actors Eleanor Boardman and Harrison Ford. According to the 28 Feb 1925 Moving Picture World, Vidor and company had recently returned to M-G-M Studios in Culver City, CA, to film earthquake sequences, following location filming in San Francisco and the Del Monte community in Monterey, CA. The 7 Mar 1925 Exhibitors Trade Review noted that cinematographer John Arnold was strapped to the back of a moving taxi cab to
film a scene done in San Francisco.
       The 28 Mar 1925 Moving Picture World announced that Vidor had left for NY following completion of Proud Flesh. The 11 Apr 1925 Moving Picture World listed a 27 Apr 1925 release date.
       The picture opened at New York City’s Capitol Theatre the week of 12 Apr 1925, according to the 15 Apr 1925 Var review, which deemed Proud Flesh “a corking light comedy,” and praised Vidor’s “finely drawn” handling of the “subtle” humor. Harrison Ford’s performance “fairly scintillates” and “outshines” his cast mates, according to the review. The 25 Apr 1925 Moving Picture World proclaimed the picture “peppy and amusing,” and reported that the audience responded to the Capital Theatre showing with “much audible merriment.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
2 Aug 1924
p. 18.
Exhibitors Trade Review
7 Mar 1925
p. 33.
Film Daily
11 Jul 1924
p. 1.
Film Daily
19 Apr 1925.
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Moving Picture World
3 Jan 1925
p. 77.
Moving Picture World
28 Feb 1925
p. 921.
Moving Picture World
28 Mar 1925
p. 385.
Moving Picture World
11 Apr 1925
p. 594.
Moving Picture World
25 Apr 1925
p. 797.
New York Times
14 Apr 1925
p. 26.
Variety
4 Feb 1925
p. 32.
Variety
15 Apr 1925
p. 35.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 April 1925
Premiere Information:
New York opening at the Capitol Theatre: week of 12 April 1925
Production Date:
early February--March 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 April 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21377
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,770
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Fernanda, the orphaned daughter of a victim of the San Francisco earthquake, is cared for by relatives in Spain until she reaches the age of 18, when her most ardent admirer, Don Jaime, asks her to marry him. Fernanda perversely refuses him and goes to San Francisco, where she meets Pat O'Malley, a plumbing contractor. They are attracted to each other; Pat takes Fernanda to visit his home; but she is repulsed by the rough manners of Mrs. O'Malley and by the inelegance of the O'Malley house. Fernanda breaks off her flirtation with Pat, and he kidnaps her, taking her to his mountain cabin. They are followed by Don Jaime, who amiably takes Fernanda off with him. Pat returns home and is berated by his mother for falling in love with a girl of a different class. Fernanda then arrives and informs Pat that she can no longer live without his ... +


Fernanda, the orphaned daughter of a victim of the San Francisco earthquake, is cared for by relatives in Spain until she reaches the age of 18, when her most ardent admirer, Don Jaime, asks her to marry him. Fernanda perversely refuses him and goes to San Francisco, where she meets Pat O'Malley, a plumbing contractor. They are attracted to each other; Pat takes Fernanda to visit his home; but she is repulsed by the rough manners of Mrs. O'Malley and by the inelegance of the O'Malley house. Fernanda breaks off her flirtation with Pat, and he kidnaps her, taking her to his mountain cabin. They are followed by Don Jaime, who amiably takes Fernanda off with him. Pat returns home and is berated by his mother for falling in love with a girl of a different class. Fernanda then arrives and informs Pat that she can no longer live without his love. +

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