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The 19 Nov 1921 Motion Picture News announced the forthcoming Paramount picture, under the direction of John S. Robertson. Exteriors would be filmed in Madrid, Spain, following Jesse L. Lasky’s dictum that “all European pictures made by Paramount were to be laid in their natural settings.” On 10 Dec 1921, Motion Picture News reported that filming was underway in Spain, with production headquarters in Madrid, and most of the exteriors expected to be filmed in and around Seville. The market square fiesta scenes were filmed in Carmona, Spain, according to the 21 Jan 1922 Exhibitors Herald. Director Robertson praised the authorities and residents of the small township for their “enthusiastic cooperation,” which he stated he had rarely encountered. Spanish dancers, Rosario and Cardosa, and the Gomez Trio were borrowed from the London stage to add authenticity to the fiesta sequences, as reported in the 24 Feb 1922 Var.
       Reviews in the 13 May 1922 Exhibitors Herald and the 16 Jul 1922 FD criticized the plot as “unconvincing,” but praised the “attractive” locations.
       An earlier film adaptation of The Spanish Jade was released in 1915 (see ... More Less

The 19 Nov 1921 Motion Picture News announced the forthcoming Paramount picture, under the direction of John S. Robertson. Exteriors would be filmed in Madrid, Spain, following Jesse L. Lasky’s dictum that “all European pictures made by Paramount were to be laid in their natural settings.” On 10 Dec 1921, Motion Picture News reported that filming was underway in Spain, with production headquarters in Madrid, and most of the exteriors expected to be filmed in and around Seville. The market square fiesta scenes were filmed in Carmona, Spain, according to the 21 Jan 1922 Exhibitors Herald. Director Robertson praised the authorities and residents of the small township for their “enthusiastic cooperation,” which he stated he had rarely encountered. Spanish dancers, Rosario and Cardosa, and the Gomez Trio were borrowed from the London stage to add authenticity to the fiesta sequences, as reported in the 24 Feb 1922 Var.
       Reviews in the 13 May 1922 Exhibitors Herald and the 16 Jul 1922 FD criticized the plot as “unconvincing,” but praised the “attractive” locations.
       An earlier film adaptation of The Spanish Jade was released in 1915 (see entry). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
21 Jan 1922.
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Exhibitors Herald
13 May 1922.
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Film Daily
16 Jul 1922
p. 3.
Motion Picture News
19 Nov 1921.
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Motion Picture News
10 Dec 1921.
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Variety
24 Feb 1922
p. 36.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 April 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 April 1922
Copyright Number:
LP17782
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,111
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mañuela, who is made the subject of a wager by her stepfather and thus falls into the power of Esteban, a gambler, is warned by Gil Pérez, a romantic adventurer, and she runs away. Esteban pursues them, and Oswald Manvers, a young American, rescues Mañuela from a band of ruffians outside the city; in a struggle with Esteban, Mañuela prevents him from killing Manvers, and falling on his knife he dies while the girl escapes. Don Luis, Esteban's father, hires an assassin to slay Manvers and revenge his son's death, but he succeeds only in wounding him. Mañuela gives herself up for the slaying of Esteban and is sentenced to life imprisonment; but Spanish law allows her release if a man is willing to wed her, and Manvers agrees. Mañuela offers her own life to Don Luis if he will spare Manvers; but Pérez, whom Mañuela really loves, intervenes, and Don Luis frees Mañuela from her ... +


Mañuela, who is made the subject of a wager by her stepfather and thus falls into the power of Esteban, a gambler, is warned by Gil Pérez, a romantic adventurer, and she runs away. Esteban pursues them, and Oswald Manvers, a young American, rescues Mañuela from a band of ruffians outside the city; in a struggle with Esteban, Mañuela prevents him from killing Manvers, and falling on his knife he dies while the girl escapes. Don Luis, Esteban's father, hires an assassin to slay Manvers and revenge his son's death, but he succeeds only in wounding him. Mañuela gives herself up for the slaying of Esteban and is sentenced to life imprisonment; but Spanish law allows her release if a man is willing to wed her, and Manvers agrees. Mañuela offers her own life to Don Luis if he will spare Manvers; but Pérez, whom Mañuela really loves, intervenes, and Don Luis frees Mañuela from her pledge. +

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