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Some reviews call Eugene Burr's character “Spendthrift.”
       Heiress for a Day was announced as actress Olive Thomas’s next production in the 26 Dec 1917 New York Clipper. Robert F. Hill, a new addition to Triangle Film Corp.’s scenario department, was said to be at work on the script, in the 29 Dec 1917 Motion Picture News; however, the same’ day’s Moving Picture World reported that Hill had finished the continuity. Soon after, the 12 Jan 1918 Moving Picture World noted that filming had recently concluded at Triangle’s Culver City, CA, studios. Production was rushed so that Olive Thomas could leave in time to spend the Christmas holiday with her family on the East Coast, according to a 12 Jan 1918 Motography article. Thomas “practically lived at the studio while the picture was being made, taking her meals in the dressing room with the director and discussing new scenes during time off for refreshments.”
       Theatrical release occurred on 3 Mar 1918. Prior to that, the film was scheduled to open on 2 Mar 1918 at the American Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT, according to an advertisement in the 27 Feb 1918 [Salt Lake City, UT] Salt Lake Telegram.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included Heiress for a Day on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2019. ...

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Some reviews call Eugene Burr's character “Spendthrift.”
       Heiress for a Day was announced as actress Olive Thomas’s next production in the 26 Dec 1917 New York Clipper. Robert F. Hill, a new addition to Triangle Film Corp.’s scenario department, was said to be at work on the script, in the 29 Dec 1917 Motion Picture News; however, the same’ day’s Moving Picture World reported that Hill had finished the continuity. Soon after, the 12 Jan 1918 Moving Picture World noted that filming had recently concluded at Triangle’s Culver City, CA, studios. Production was rushed so that Olive Thomas could leave in time to spend the Christmas holiday with her family on the East Coast, according to a 12 Jan 1918 Motography article. Thomas “practically lived at the studio while the picture was being made, taking her meals in the dressing room with the director and discussing new scenes during time off for refreshments.”
       Theatrical release occurred on 3 Mar 1918. Prior to that, the film was scheduled to open on 2 Mar 1918 at the American Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT, according to an advertisement in the 27 Feb 1918 [Salt Lake City, UT] Salt Lake Telegram.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included Heiress for a Day on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2019.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
2 Mar 1918
p. 1068
Los Angeles Times
1 Mar 1918
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Motion Picture News
29 Dec 1917
p. 4
Motion Picture News
5 Jan 1918
p. 104
Motion Picture News
12 Jan 1918
p. 287
Motion Picture News
9 Mar 1918
p. 1466
Motography
12 Jan 1918
p. 69
Motography
23 Feb 1918
p. 371
Motography
9 Mar 1918
p. 471
Moving Picture World
29 Dec 1917
p. 1976
Moving Picture World
12 Jan 1918
p. 221
Moving Picture World
9 Mar 1918
p. 1410, 1412
New York Clipper
26 Dec 1917
p. 33
New York Tribune
20 Jan 1918
p. 7, 33
NYDM
3 Aug 1918
p. 719
Salt Lake Telegram [Salt Lake City, UT]
27 Feb 1918
p. 11
Variety
1 Mar 1918
p. 42
Wid's Daily
28 Feb 1918
p. 979
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 March 1918
Premiere Information:
Salt Lake City, UT, opening: 2 Mar 1918; Los Angeles opening: 3 Mar 1918
Production Date:
ended Dec 1917 or early Jan 1918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Helen Thurston, a manicurist at the Ritz, is in love with her wealthy patron, Jack Standring, but the young man's mother wants him to marry a rich debutante. Helen is informed that she has inherited her grandfather's millions, and she proceeds as quickly as possible to acquire expensive clothing and jewelry on credit. Jack, however, is not impressed. Soon Helen learns that she has inherited only $1,000, the remainder of the fortune having gone to her cousin Spindrift. The creditors hound her for their money, and at a grand ball at the Standring home, a detective threatens to arrest her. Touched by her poverty, Jack decides to elope with her. Finally Spindrift violates the conditions of the will, and Helen inherits the entire ...

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Helen Thurston, a manicurist at the Ritz, is in love with her wealthy patron, Jack Standring, but the young man's mother wants him to marry a rich debutante. Helen is informed that she has inherited her grandfather's millions, and she proceeds as quickly as possible to acquire expensive clothing and jewelry on credit. Jack, however, is not impressed. Soon Helen learns that she has inherited only $1,000, the remainder of the fortune having gone to her cousin Spindrift. The creditors hound her for their money, and at a grand ball at the Standring home, a detective threatens to arrest her. Touched by her poverty, Jack decides to elope with her. Finally Spindrift violates the conditions of the will, and Helen inherits the entire fortune.

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