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Van Loan's story was originally titled Undraped . The title The Virgin of Stamboul was changed in mid-production to The Beautiful Beggar , then finally back to The Virgin of Stamboul . The film was lavishly produced, according to all accounts, and advertised as having cost $500,000. Filming began in Aug 1919 and continued for five months. It is unclear whether Van Loan's story was written for the screen or another medium. Several contemporary sources state that Agnes Parsons collaborated with Van Loan on the story. Production charts in contemporary trade journals, which usually credit Fildew as sole cinematographer, credit Fildew and "Myers" together during the first week of Jan 1920. The New York premiere of the film was on 21 Mar 1920 at Moss's Broadway Theatre. Modern sources credit Viola Mallory as the editor. Exteriors were shot in Oxnard, CA and in ... More Less

Van Loan's story was originally titled Undraped . The title The Virgin of Stamboul was changed in mid-production to The Beautiful Beggar , then finally back to The Virgin of Stamboul . The film was lavishly produced, according to all accounts, and advertised as having cost $500,000. Filming began in Aug 1919 and continued for five months. It is unclear whether Van Loan's story was written for the screen or another medium. Several contemporary sources state that Agnes Parsons collaborated with Van Loan on the story. Production charts in contemporary trade journals, which usually credit Fildew as sole cinematographer, credit Fildew and "Myers" together during the first week of Jan 1920. The New York premiere of the film was on 21 Mar 1920 at Moss's Broadway Theatre. Modern sources credit Viola Mallory as the editor. Exteriors were shot in Oxnard, CA and in Arizona. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
6 Sep 19
p. 5.
Camera
3 Jan 1920.
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Camera
24 Jan 1920.
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ETR
20 Nov 20
p. 967.
MPN
24 Jan 20
p. 1093.
MPN
7 Feb 20
p. 1487.
MPN
27 Mar 20
p. 2832.
MPW
27 Dec 19
p. 1185.
MPW
31 Jan 20
p. 757.
MPW
6 Mar 20
p. 1663.
MPW
3 Apr 20
p. 140.
New York Times
28 Mar 20
p. 9.
Variety
26 Mar 20
p. 52.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Undraped
The Beautiful Beggar
Release Date:
29 March 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 March 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Captain Pemberton, an American soldier of fortune in command of the Black Horse Troop, falls in love with Sari, the beautiful beggar girl of Constantinople. Daring to enter a mosque one day, Sari witnesses wealthy sheik Hamid Pasha stab a young American to death. In order to silence the girl, Hamid decides to make Sari a member of his harem. Upon discovering the plan, Pemberton bribes an emissary to substitute his name for that of the sheik and the ceremony is performed. Learning of the deception, Hamid kidnaps the couple, imprisoning them in his desert stronghold where Sari makes a daring escape and rides to inform the Black Horse Troop of their Captain's peril. The troopers arrive just as Pemberton and Hamid are engaged in hand to hand combat and Sari rushes to her husband's side as he delivers the fatal blow to the ... +


Captain Pemberton, an American soldier of fortune in command of the Black Horse Troop, falls in love with Sari, the beautiful beggar girl of Constantinople. Daring to enter a mosque one day, Sari witnesses wealthy sheik Hamid Pasha stab a young American to death. In order to silence the girl, Hamid decides to make Sari a member of his harem. Upon discovering the plan, Pemberton bribes an emissary to substitute his name for that of the sheik and the ceremony is performed. Learning of the deception, Hamid kidnaps the couple, imprisoning them in his desert stronghold where Sari makes a daring escape and rides to inform the Black Horse Troop of their Captain's peril. The troopers arrive just as Pemberton and Hamid are engaged in hand to hand combat and Sari rushes to her husband's side as he delivers the fatal blow to the sheik. +

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