That Girl Montana (1921)

Western | 8 January 1921

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HISTORY

The 22 May 1920 Exhibitors Herald reported that presenter Jesse D. Hampton purchased film rights to That Girl Montana (New York, 1901), the best-selling novel by Marah Ellis Ryan. Blanche Sweet was set to star in the leading role, and, one month later, Mahlon Hamilton’s casting was announced in the 26 Jun 1920 issue of Exhibitors Herald.
       Principal photography had begun as of 4 Sep 1920, according to a Motion Picture News brief published that day. The Nov 1920 issue of Motion Picture Magazine indicated that production was still underway, but it is unclear specifically when the item was written. Filming took place in Truckee, CA, and surrounding areas, as noted in the 8 Jan 1921 Moving Picture World.
       That Girl Montana was initially slated for a 2 Jan 1921 release. However, the 19 Mar 1921 Motion Picture News listed an opening date of 8 Jan 1921. ... More Less

The 22 May 1920 Exhibitors Herald reported that presenter Jesse D. Hampton purchased film rights to That Girl Montana (New York, 1901), the best-selling novel by Marah Ellis Ryan. Blanche Sweet was set to star in the leading role, and, one month later, Mahlon Hamilton’s casting was announced in the 26 Jun 1920 issue of Exhibitors Herald.
       Principal photography had begun as of 4 Sep 1920, according to a Motion Picture News brief published that day. The Nov 1920 issue of Motion Picture Magazine indicated that production was still underway, but it is unclear specifically when the item was written. Filming took place in Truckee, CA, and surrounding areas, as noted in the 8 Jan 1921 Moving Picture World.
       That Girl Montana was initially slated for a 2 Jan 1921 release. However, the 19 Mar 1921 Motion Picture News listed an opening date of 8 Jan 1921.
More Less

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Exhibitors Herald
22 May 1920.
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Exhibitors Herald
26 Jun 1920.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
8 Jan 21
p. 571.
Motion Picture Magazine
Nov 1920.
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Motion Picture News
4 Sep 1920.
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Motion Picture News
19 Mar 1921.
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Moving Picture World
8 Jan 1921.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel That Girl Montana by Marah Ellis Ryan (New York, 1901).
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 January 1921
Production Date:
fall 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, inc.
Copyright Date:
22 December 1920
Copyright Number:
LU15951
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lee Holly, a card shark, has brought up his daughter, Monte, in boys' clothing, She escapes to an Indian village when Holly is chased out of town and remains there two years with her friend Akkomi, resuming feminine attire and taking the name Tana. Dan Overton, a young prospector, becomes interested in her and takes her to live with white people in a boardinghouse. She is introduced by Dan to his mining partner, Harris, as "Montana Rivers," the daughter of a partner of his, but Harris recognizes her as "Lee Holly's brat" and denounces her. Dan defends her, and after Harris suffers a paralyzing stroke, he relents and makes her a partner in their mine. Holly comes to their camp after they strike gold and is killed by Harris, who learns that Tana is the daughter who was stolen from him. Dan's unfaithful wife is killed by a jealous lover, freeing him to marry ... +


Lee Holly, a card shark, has brought up his daughter, Monte, in boys' clothing, She escapes to an Indian village when Holly is chased out of town and remains there two years with her friend Akkomi, resuming feminine attire and taking the name Tana. Dan Overton, a young prospector, becomes interested in her and takes her to live with white people in a boardinghouse. She is introduced by Dan to his mining partner, Harris, as "Montana Rivers," the daughter of a partner of his, but Harris recognizes her as "Lee Holly's brat" and denounces her. Dan defends her, and after Harris suffers a paralyzing stroke, he relents and makes her a partner in their mine. Holly comes to their camp after they strike gold and is killed by Harris, who learns that Tana is the daughter who was stolen from him. Dan's unfaithful wife is killed by a jealous lover, freeing him to marry Tana. +

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