The Sting of the Lash (1921)

Drama | 11 September 1921

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HISTORY

According to a brief in the 4 Jun 1921 Motion Picture News, the picture was edited by James Wilkinson, chief film editor for Robertson-Cole Co.
       On 28 May 1921, Motion Picture News announced that actress Pauline Frederick had returned to the Robertson-Cole studios in Los Angeles, CA, after a brief trip to New York City, and her next two films for Robertson-Cole would be Salvage (1921, see entry), and The Sting of the Lash, set to open in the fall. According to a 13 Aug 1921 Moving Picture World brief, Frederick was contracted to star in a total of six productions for the studio in the next year.
       In a mostly negative review published on 21 Oct 1921, Var conceded that the Western melodrama gave Frederick a welcome opportunity to utilize her horseback riding skills.
       Various contemporary sources reported that the film was commercially successful. An advertisement in the 17 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World touted The Sting of the Lash as a “sensation” during its pre-release showing at the California Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, and noted that ticket sales continued to be strong in its first two weeks at Los Angeles’s Millers Theatre. On 10 Dec 1921, an Exhibitors Trade Review item noted that tickets were selling out at the Glenwood Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. ... More Less

According to a brief in the 4 Jun 1921 Motion Picture News, the picture was edited by James Wilkinson, chief film editor for Robertson-Cole Co.
       On 28 May 1921, Motion Picture News announced that actress Pauline Frederick had returned to the Robertson-Cole studios in Los Angeles, CA, after a brief trip to New York City, and her next two films for Robertson-Cole would be Salvage (1921, see entry), and The Sting of the Lash, set to open in the fall. According to a 13 Aug 1921 Moving Picture World brief, Frederick was contracted to star in a total of six productions for the studio in the next year.
       In a mostly negative review published on 21 Oct 1921, Var conceded that the Western melodrama gave Frederick a welcome opportunity to utilize her horseback riding skills.
       Various contemporary sources reported that the film was commercially successful. An advertisement in the 17 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World touted The Sting of the Lash as a “sensation” during its pre-release showing at the California Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, and noted that ticket sales continued to be strong in its first two weeks at Los Angeles’s Millers Theatre. On 10 Dec 1921, an Exhibitors Trade Review item noted that tickets were selling out at the Glenwood Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
10 Dec 1921.
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Motion Picture News
28 May 1921.
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Motion Picture News
4 Jun 1921.
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Motion Picture News
27 Aug 1921.
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Moving Picture World
13 Aug 1921.
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Moving Picture World
27 Aug 1921.
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Moving Picture World
17 Sep 1921.
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Variety
2 Sep 1921.
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Variety
21 Oct 1921.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
11 September 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Robertson-Cole Co.
Copyright Date:
1 September 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16924
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,485
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After her father, Daniel, is killed in an automobile accident on a western ranch, Dorothy Keith falls in love with young miner Joel Gant and marries him. Gant's claim is seized by Dorothy's uncle, Ben Ames, on behalf of a development company, and the couple go through years of poverty and hardship. Gant resorts to bootlegging and drinking, while Dorothy does washing to support herself and Gant's niece, Crissy. Rhodes, a lawyer for the mining company who is interested in Dorothy, offers Gant a job, which he refuses; when Gant threatens to strike Crissy with a whip, Dorothy has him secured and lashes him severely. Gant is arrested for bootlegging, and Dorothy gets a position with the mining company that brings her to New York City. Sometime later, Gant is released. He goes to New York, where Dorothy refuses to live with him. However, Gant reforms and the two are ... +


After her father, Daniel, is killed in an automobile accident on a western ranch, Dorothy Keith falls in love with young miner Joel Gant and marries him. Gant's claim is seized by Dorothy's uncle, Ben Ames, on behalf of a development company, and the couple go through years of poverty and hardship. Gant resorts to bootlegging and drinking, while Dorothy does washing to support herself and Gant's niece, Crissy. Rhodes, a lawyer for the mining company who is interested in Dorothy, offers Gant a job, which he refuses; when Gant threatens to strike Crissy with a whip, Dorothy has him secured and lashes him severely. Gant is arrested for bootlegging, and Dorothy gets a position with the mining company that brings her to New York City. Sometime later, Gant is released. He goes to New York, where Dorothy refuses to live with him. However, Gant reforms and the two are reconciled. +

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