Mary of the Movies (1923)

Drama | 27 May 1923

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HISTORY

A 5 May 1923 Moving Picture World news brief noted that, following an extensive advertising campaign by C.B.C. Film Sales Corporation in spring 1923, Film Booking Offices of America (F.B.O.) acquired Mary of the Movies and scheduled it for a 20 May 1923 release. However, a 24 May 1923 Var news item indicated that the release date had been pushed to 27 May 1923.
       On 6 Jun 2010, Var reported that Mary of the Movies was one of over seventy films discovered in a storage vault belonging to the New Zealand Film Archive. Described as the “first surviving film from Columbia Pictures,” the print found was said to be “incomplete.” An article in the 7 Jun 2010 NYT indicated that the various films would be “repatriated” to the U.S., where they would be painstakingly preserved. ...

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A 5 May 1923 Moving Picture World news brief noted that, following an extensive advertising campaign by C.B.C. Film Sales Corporation in spring 1923, Film Booking Offices of America (F.B.O.) acquired Mary of the Movies and scheduled it for a 20 May 1923 release. However, a 24 May 1923 Var news item indicated that the release date had been pushed to 27 May 1923.
       On 6 Jun 2010, Var reported that Mary of the Movies was one of over seventy films discovered in a storage vault belonging to the New Zealand Film Archive. Described as the “first surviving film from Columbia Pictures,” the print found was said to be “incomplete.” An article in the 7 Jun 2010 NYT indicated that the various films would be “repatriated” to the U.S., where they would be painstakingly preserved.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
17 Apr 1923
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Film Daily
18 Apr 1923
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Film Daily
23 Apr 1923
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Film Daily
27 May 1923
p. 5
Moving Picture World
5 May 1923
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New York Times
7 Jun 2010
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Variety
24 May 1923
p. 19
Variety
14 Jun 1923
p. 22, 25
Variety
6 Jun 2010
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Supv
WRITERS
Conceived by
Conceived by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Vernon Walker
Dir of photog
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 May 1923
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Productions
27 May 1923
LP20122
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,500
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

To earn money needed by her family, Mary goes to Hollywood to break into the movies. Although she meets many celebrities, she has no luck. After being frightened by a "boulevard sheik," she takes a job as a waitress in a studio restaurant. Finally, through her resemblance to a star who is taken ill, she gets the lead in a ...

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To earn money needed by her family, Mary goes to Hollywood to break into the movies. Although she meets many celebrities, she has no luck. After being frightened by a "boulevard sheik," she takes a job as a waitress in a studio restaurant. Finally, through her resemblance to a star who is taken ill, she gets the lead in a picture.

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Subject

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

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