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The 22 Sep 1917 issues of Motography, Moving Picture World, and Motion Picture News announced that actress-dancer Ann Pennington had recently started work on the production, following her successful season in the latest edition of the Ziegfeld Follies. The film was expected to require a great many background actors, mostly female. The star’s wardrobe reportedly featured “something new in the way of satin pajamas and bathing suits that were never made for the water.” The original story, reportedly written for Pennington by Frederic Chapin, was originally titled "The Glory of Gloriana," according to some sources.
       The 13 Oct 1917 Motion Picture News revealed that Pennington had selected several Follies chorus girls to appear in the film, only to discover that some were not interested in screen careers. After surveying the chorus for willing participants, she was able to gather a satisfactory cast of background actresses.
       The 24 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News noted that the film’s antagonist, “Gordon Trent” played by Crauford Kent, was named after a columnist for New York City’s Morning Telegraph newspaper. The real-life Trent was reportedly as disreputable as his screen counterpart. An article in the 8 Apr 1916 Moving Picture World credited publicist Joseph W. Farnum as a contributor to the column.
       The Dec 1917 Photo-Play Journal claimed that Pennington performed her own stunts in the picture, such as diving and climbing down “dangerous walls in truly death-defying fashion.” Production was nearly completed by 29 Sep 1917, as stated in that day’s Moving ... More Less

The 22 Sep 1917 issues of Motography, Moving Picture World, and Motion Picture News announced that actress-dancer Ann Pennington had recently started work on the production, following her successful season in the latest edition of the Ziegfeld Follies. The film was expected to require a great many background actors, mostly female. The star’s wardrobe reportedly featured “something new in the way of satin pajamas and bathing suits that were never made for the water.” The original story, reportedly written for Pennington by Frederic Chapin, was originally titled "The Glory of Gloriana," according to some sources.
       The 13 Oct 1917 Motion Picture News revealed that Pennington had selected several Follies chorus girls to appear in the film, only to discover that some were not interested in screen careers. After surveying the chorus for willing participants, she was able to gather a satisfactory cast of background actresses.
       The 24 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News noted that the film’s antagonist, “Gordon Trent” played by Crauford Kent, was named after a columnist for New York City’s Morning Telegraph newspaper. The real-life Trent was reportedly as disreputable as his screen counterpart. An article in the 8 Apr 1916 Moving Picture World credited publicist Joseph W. Farnum as a contributor to the column.
       The Dec 1917 Photo-Play Journal claimed that Pennington performed her own stunts in the picture, such as diving and climbing down “dangerous walls in truly death-defying fashion.” Production was nearly completed by 29 Sep 1917, as stated in that day’s Moving Picture World.
       Various sources have noted that some location scenes were shot in Garden City, Long Island, NY, with the St. Paul's School football team.
       The film was scheduled to open on 5 Nov 1917, one week after its scheduled release date, according to the 27 Oct 1917 Motion Picture News and Moving Picture World. The delay was attributed to the star falling ill, and to the time required for the construction of elaborate sets, such as a Japanese tea room. Production took place at the Famous Players 56th Street Studios in New York City. A 15 Nov 1917 release date was listed in the 22 Dec 1917 Moving Picture World.
       The Antics of Ann opened to generally positive reviews. Box-office reports in the 22 Dec 1917 Motion Picture News indicated that the film was performing well, particularly in the northern and eastern U.S.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
17 Nov 1917
p. 1933
Motion Picture News
22 Sep 1917
p. 1995
Motion Picture News
13 Oct 1917
p. 2542
Motion Picture News
20 Oct 1917
p. 2785
Motion Picture News
27 Oct 1917
p. 2917
Motion Picture News
24 Nov 1917
p. 3617, 3661, 3663
Motion Picture News
22 Dec 1917
p. 4331
Motography
22 Sep 1917
p. 594
Moving Picture World
8 Apr 1916
p. 247
Moving Picture World
22 Sep 1917
p. 1869
Moving Picture World
29 Sep 1917
p. 1975
Moving Picture World
27 Oct 1917
p. 551
Moving Picture World
24 Nov 1917
p. 1184, 1232
Moving Picture World
22 Dec 1917
p. 1852
NYDM
17 Sep 1917
p. 18
Photo-Play Journal
Dec 1917
p. 35
Variety
23 Nov 1917
p. 46
Wid's Daily
13 Dec 1917
p. 797
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Glory of Gloriana
Release Date:
5 November 1917
Production Date:
began Sep 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players Film Co.
Copyright Date:
5 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11678
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ann Wharton, a mischievous pupil at the Bredwell Seminary, faces expulsion after a spoonful of cereal, which she flings at a schoolmate, lands in Mrs. Bredwell's face. When Ann sees her friend Tom Randall and his classmates playing football, she dresses in boys' clothing and joins them. After Mrs. Bredwell reprimands her, a misunderstanding occurs when Tom arrives with her clothes, and Mrs. Bredwell writes a letter to Ann's father to expel her. Ann leaves to intercept the letter, runs into Tom and arrives home with him. After Mr. Wharton sends Tom away, Ann disgraces the Whartons at a summer resort by appearing in a one-piece bathing suit and later impersonating a Russian ballet star. When Ann learns that her sister Olive wants to marry fortune hunter Gordon Trent, Ann compromises herself in Trent's room to save her sister. After Ann runs away and convinces Tom of her innocence, they marry and live in his bungalow. Olive runs off with Trent, but he is arrested for bigamy. When Mr. Wharton finds Ann, her antics have ceased and she is happily ... +


Ann Wharton, a mischievous pupil at the Bredwell Seminary, faces expulsion after a spoonful of cereal, which she flings at a schoolmate, lands in Mrs. Bredwell's face. When Ann sees her friend Tom Randall and his classmates playing football, she dresses in boys' clothing and joins them. After Mrs. Bredwell reprimands her, a misunderstanding occurs when Tom arrives with her clothes, and Mrs. Bredwell writes a letter to Ann's father to expel her. Ann leaves to intercept the letter, runs into Tom and arrives home with him. After Mr. Wharton sends Tom away, Ann disgraces the Whartons at a summer resort by appearing in a one-piece bathing suit and later impersonating a Russian ballet star. When Ann learns that her sister Olive wants to marry fortune hunter Gordon Trent, Ann compromises herself in Trent's room to save her sister. After Ann runs away and convinces Tom of her innocence, they marry and live in his bungalow. Olive runs off with Trent, but he is arrested for bigamy. When Mr. Wharton finds Ann, her antics have ceased and she is happily domesticated. +

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