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The 20 Jul 1918 Motion Picture News reported that production was currently underway on Mary Pickford’s latest film, provisionally titled The Mobilizing of Johanna, based on the 1917 short story by Rupert Hughes, The Mobilization of Johanna. Four weeks later, the 17 Aug 1918 Motion Picture News announced that principal photography had been completed. The picture was given the official title, Johanna Enlists. Filming took place on location at Camp Kearney, near San Diego, CA, with the participation of the U.S. Army 143d Regiment of Field Artillery. The 17 Aug 1918 Moving Picture World noted that Pickford made a “farewell visit” to the camp following the close of production. Various sources stated Pickford became an honorary captain of the regiment; the commander was identified as Captain Faneuf.
       Although the film was officially released on 29 Sep 1918, the 28 Sep 1918 Moving Picture World reported an opening earlier that week at the Strand Theatre in New York City. Reviews were generally positive; box-office reports in the 12 Oct 1918 and 16 Nov 1918 issues of Motion Picture News indicated that the public was equally enthusiastic.
       Frances Marion’s scenario was adapted as a short story by Dale Carroll for the Nov 1918 Photoplay. ... More Less

The 20 Jul 1918 Motion Picture News reported that production was currently underway on Mary Pickford’s latest film, provisionally titled The Mobilizing of Johanna, based on the 1917 short story by Rupert Hughes, The Mobilization of Johanna. Four weeks later, the 17 Aug 1918 Motion Picture News announced that principal photography had been completed. The picture was given the official title, Johanna Enlists. Filming took place on location at Camp Kearney, near San Diego, CA, with the participation of the U.S. Army 143d Regiment of Field Artillery. The 17 Aug 1918 Moving Picture World noted that Pickford made a “farewell visit” to the camp following the close of production. Various sources stated Pickford became an honorary captain of the regiment; the commander was identified as Captain Faneuf.
       Although the film was officially released on 29 Sep 1918, the 28 Sep 1918 Moving Picture World reported an opening earlier that week at the Strand Theatre in New York City. Reviews were generally positive; box-office reports in the 12 Oct 1918 and 16 Nov 1918 issues of Motion Picture News indicated that the public was equally enthusiastic.
       Frances Marion’s scenario was adapted as a short story by Dale Carroll for the Nov 1918 Photoplay. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
17 Aug 1918
p. 925
Exhibitors Trade Review
14 Sep 1918
p. 1261
Motion Picture News
20 Jul 1918
p. 398
Motion Picture News
17 Aug 1918
p. 1096
Motion Picture News
14 Sep 1918
p. 1754, 1762
Motion Picture News
12 Oct 1918
p. 2348
Motion Picture News
16 Nov 1918
p. 2951
Moving Picture World
17 Aug 1918
p. 971
Moving Picture World
14 Sep 1918
p. 1610
Moving Picture World
12 Oct 1918
p. 286
Moving Picture World
28 Sep 1918
p. 1866
New York Times
16 Sep 1918
p. 9
NYDM
28 Sep 1918
p. 482
Photoplay
Nov 1918
pp. 36-37
Variety
13 Sep 1918
p. 45
Wid's Daily
3 Sep 1918
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Wid's Daily
8 Sep 1918
pp. 27-28
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Mobilizing of Johanna
Release Date:
29 September 1918
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 22 September 1918
Production Date:
July--mid aug 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Pickford Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 September 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12832
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,388
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Johanna, who lives on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm with her parents, brother, and twin sisters, dreams of having a "beau" who will bring romance and excitement into her dreary life. Her wish is more than fulfilled when an entire regiment of World War I recruits encamps on her father's farm. Suddenly the center of attention, Johanna decides to beautify herself by taking a milk bath in the dairy, but while she is bathing, young Lieutenant Le Roy suddenly bursts in. Her screams attract Private Vibbard, who insults the lieutenant and subsequently is arrested. Both men are in love with Johanna, but at the court-martial she meets and falls in love with Captain Van Rensaller. Le Roy drops the charges against Vibbard, and Johanna rides away with her captain to be ... +


Johanna, who lives on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm with her parents, brother, and twin sisters, dreams of having a "beau" who will bring romance and excitement into her dreary life. Her wish is more than fulfilled when an entire regiment of World War I recruits encamps on her father's farm. Suddenly the center of attention, Johanna decides to beautify herself by taking a milk bath in the dairy, but while she is bathing, young Lieutenant Le Roy suddenly bursts in. Her screams attract Private Vibbard, who insults the lieutenant and subsequently is arrested. Both men are in love with Johanna, but at the court-martial she meets and falls in love with Captain Van Rensaller. Le Roy drops the charges against Vibbard, and Johanna rides away with her captain to be married. +

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