Lilac Time (1928)

100 mins | Drama | 18 October 1928

Director:

George Fitzmaurice

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

Alexander Hall

Production Designer:

Horace Jackson

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The 28 Oct 1927 Motion Picture News reported that Adela Rogers St. Johns was assigned along with Willis Boldbeck to write the screen treatment for Lilac Time, but she is not listed in credits.
       According to a production chart in the 7 Jan 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, work began on 19 Dec 1927.
       A silent version of the film, without the talking sequence and score, was also released. ...

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The 28 Oct 1927 Motion Picture News reported that Adela Rogers St. Johns was assigned along with Willis Boldbeck to write the screen treatment for Lilac Time, but she is not listed in credits.
       According to a production chart in the 7 Jan 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, work began on 19 Dec 1927.
       A silent version of the film, without the talking sequence and score, was also released.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
7 Jan 1928
p. 43
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
18 Aug 1928
p. 61
Film Daily
12 Aug 1928
p. 6
Motion Picture News
28 Oct 1927
p. 1341
New York Times
4 Aug 1928
p. 7
Photoplay
Aug 1928
p. 56
Variety
8 Aug 1928
p. 12
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Sidney Hickox
Dir of photog
Aerial photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Al Hall
Film ed
PRODUCTION MISC
Scott Beal
Unit mgr
Tech flight commander
Tech expert
French military expert
Ordnance expert
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Lilac Time by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin (New York, 6 Feb 1917).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
SONGS
"Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time," words by L. Wolfe Gilbert, music by Nathaniel Shilkret.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 October 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 3 Aug 1928
Production Date:
began 19 Dec 1927
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
17 September 1928
LP25618
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Mus score and sd eff by Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Length(in feet):
8,817 , 9,108
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Seven young English aviators are billeted at the Berthelot farm near the French front. One of the flyers, Philip Blythe, falls in love with farmer Berthelot's daughter, Jeannie, and on the morning before a dangerous mission declares his love for her. Philip is shot down, and Jeannie helps an ambulance crew to extricate his apparently lifeless body from the wrecked plane. In the following weeks, Jeannie searches in vain in all of the military army hospitals for Philip. She does encounter Philip's father, who, disapproving of her lowly origins, falsely informs her that Philip has died. In farewell, Jeannie sends a bouquet of lilacs to his room, and Philip, recognizing the flowers as her gift, painfully drags himself to his window in time to call her back to ...

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Seven young English aviators are billeted at the Berthelot farm near the French front. One of the flyers, Philip Blythe, falls in love with farmer Berthelot's daughter, Jeannie, and on the morning before a dangerous mission declares his love for her. Philip is shot down, and Jeannie helps an ambulance crew to extricate his apparently lifeless body from the wrecked plane. In the following weeks, Jeannie searches in vain in all of the military army hospitals for Philip. She does encounter Philip's father, who, disapproving of her lowly origins, falsely informs her that Philip has died. In farewell, Jeannie sends a bouquet of lilacs to his room, and Philip, recognizing the flowers as her gift, painfully drags himself to his window in time to call her back to him.

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Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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