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News briefs in the 20 and 27 Jan 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that director King Vidor had recently been contracted to make pictures for Goldwyn, and that Three Wise Fools would be his first project to be backed by the studio. Vidor had acquired film rights to Austin Strong’s successful stage play sometime in 1921, and planned to write his own screen adaptation. Several contemporary sources, including the Feb 1923 Photodramatist, noted that Goldwyn’s editorial director, June Mathis, assisted Vidor with the screenplay. Principal photography began in early to mid-Feb 1923, according to a 24 Feb 1923 Exhibitors Herald brief. Production took place on the Goldwyn studio lot in Los Angeles, CA. Favorable reviews in the 7 Jul 1923 Motion Picture News, 15 Jul 1923 FD, and 26 Jul 1923 Var suggest that the film opened in Jul 1923.
       Although modern sources list John McDermott and James O’Hanlon as adaptors of the play, their names do not appear in research from this ... More Less

News briefs in the 20 and 27 Jan 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that director King Vidor had recently been contracted to make pictures for Goldwyn, and that Three Wise Fools would be his first project to be backed by the studio. Vidor had acquired film rights to Austin Strong’s successful stage play sometime in 1921, and planned to write his own screen adaptation. Several contemporary sources, including the Feb 1923 Photodramatist, noted that Goldwyn’s editorial director, June Mathis, assisted Vidor with the screenplay. Principal photography began in early to mid-Feb 1923, according to a 24 Feb 1923 Exhibitors Herald brief. Production took place on the Goldwyn studio lot in Los Angeles, CA. Favorable reviews in the 7 Jul 1923 Motion Picture News, 15 Jul 1923 FD, and 26 Jul 1923 Var suggest that the film opened in Jul 1923.
       Although modern sources list John McDermott and James O’Hanlon as adaptors of the play, their names do not appear in research from this period. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
24 Feb 1923.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
20 Jan 1923
p. 393.
Exhibitors Trade Review
27 Jan 1923.
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Film Daily
15 Jul 1923.
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Motion Picture News
7 Jul 1923.
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Photodramatist
Feb 1923.
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Variety
26 Jul 1923
p. 27.
DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1923
Production Date:
began early February 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures
Copyright Date:
5 July 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19173
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,946
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sydney Fairchild, the daughter of a woman who was once loved by three bachelors, surprises the men with a visit. Findley, Trumbull, and Gaunt honor their former sweetheart's last request by becoming Sydney's guardians. The arrangement works well until Sydney is suspected of assisting a criminal who breaks into the house. She is arrested, but Findley's nephew saves her and everything is ... +


Sydney Fairchild, the daughter of a woman who was once loved by three bachelors, surprises the men with a visit. Findley, Trumbull, and Gaunt honor their former sweetheart's last request by becoming Sydney's guardians. The arrangement works well until Sydney is suspected of assisting a criminal who breaks into the house. She is arrested, but Findley's nephew saves her and everything is explained. +

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Legend
Viewed by AFI
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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