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The 3 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World reported that production on White Hands began “last week” at the new Pacific Studios in San Mateo, a suburb of San Francisco, CA. F. B. Warren Corporationtion was set to distribute the film upon completion, but the company was replaced by Wid Gunning, Inc., according to the 24 Dec 1921 Exhibitors Herald.
       As detailed in the 17 Dec 1921 Moving Picture World and 24 Dec 1921 Exhibitors Herald, highlights of the film included a man being killed by a shark, “‘Hurricane’ Handy’s” knife fight against a gang of Arabs, and “a dramatic series of double exposure scenes showing Hardy fighting with his own evil spirit.” The production built “an entire Algerian village,” with “native dance halls, cafes and homes” at the studio.
       Exteriors were filmed around San Francisco at Coyote Point, San Francisco Bay, and San Francisco Beach. In the 19 Dec 1921 Moving Picture World, producer Max Graf announced plans to turn San Francisco into a major film center rivaling Los Angeles.
       The 29 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News mentioned that Lei Lena was in the cast, but she is not listed in credits.
       After premiering on 9 Jan 1922 at the 3,000-seat Granada Theatre in San Francisco, White Hands opened at the Broadway Theatre in New York City on 30 Jan 1922, according to the 11 Feb 1922 Moving Picture World. ... More Less

The 3 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World reported that production on White Hands began “last week” at the new Pacific Studios in San Mateo, a suburb of San Francisco, CA. F. B. Warren Corporationtion was set to distribute the film upon completion, but the company was replaced by Wid Gunning, Inc., according to the 24 Dec 1921 Exhibitors Herald.
       As detailed in the 17 Dec 1921 Moving Picture World and 24 Dec 1921 Exhibitors Herald, highlights of the film included a man being killed by a shark, “‘Hurricane’ Handy’s” knife fight against a gang of Arabs, and “a dramatic series of double exposure scenes showing Hardy fighting with his own evil spirit.” The production built “an entire Algerian village,” with “native dance halls, cafes and homes” at the studio.
       Exteriors were filmed around San Francisco at Coyote Point, San Francisco Bay, and San Francisco Beach. In the 19 Dec 1921 Moving Picture World, producer Max Graf announced plans to turn San Francisco into a major film center rivaling Los Angeles.
       The 29 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News mentioned that Lei Lena was in the cast, but she is not listed in credits.
       After premiering on 9 Jan 1922 at the 3,000-seat Granada Theatre in San Francisco, White Hands opened at the Broadway Theatre in New York City on 30 Jan 1922, according to the 11 Feb 1922 Moving Picture World. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
24 Sep 1921
p. 84.
Exhibitors Herald
24 Dec 1921
p. 133.
Exhibitors Herald
28 Jan 1922
p. 467.
Exhibitors Trade Review
21 Jan 1922
p. 530.
Exhibitors Trade Review
28 Jan 1922
p. 597.
Exhibitors Trade Review
11 Feb 1922
p. 793.
Motion Picture News
17 Sep 1921
p. 1547.
Motion Picture News
29 Oct 1921
p. 2353.
Moving Picture World
3 Sep 1921
p. 72.
Moving Picture World
17 Sep 1921
p. 314.
Moving Picture World
17 Dec 1921
p. 813.
Moving Picture World
19 Dec 1921
p. 662.
Moving Picture World
11 Feb 1922
p. 625.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 January 1922
Premiere Information:
San Francisco premiere: 9 January 1922
New York City opening: 30 January 1922
Production Date:
began late August 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Graf Productions
Copyright Date:
31 December 1922
Copyright Number:
LP18272
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
5,654
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Sea captain "Hurricane" Hardy searches for treasure in the Sahara Desert and encounters Helen Maitland, the last remaining member of a missionary group. He offers her protection and carries her to the coast, with the intention of claiming her for himself when she recuperates. At a rundown seacoast hotel, Helen befriends Ralph Alden, a young man fighting off addiction and despair, as well as a three-year-old orphan named “Peroxide” whom Leon Roche, the proprietor, is rearing. Hurricane Hardy decides to attack Helen, but the touch of the child’s white hands fills him with shame and remorse. Hurricane reforms and adopts the child, leaving Helen free to rehabilitate Ralph, her new ... +


Sea captain "Hurricane" Hardy searches for treasure in the Sahara Desert and encounters Helen Maitland, the last remaining member of a missionary group. He offers her protection and carries her to the coast, with the intention of claiming her for himself when she recuperates. At a rundown seacoast hotel, Helen befriends Ralph Alden, a young man fighting off addiction and despair, as well as a three-year-old orphan named “Peroxide” whom Leon Roche, the proprietor, is rearing. Hurricane Hardy decides to attack Helen, but the touch of the child’s white hands fills him with shame and remorse. Hurricane reforms and adopts the child, leaving Helen free to rehabilitate Ralph, her new love. +

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