The Cinderella Man (1917)

Comedy | 16 December 1917

Production Designer:

Hugo Ballin

Production Company:

Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The start of principal photography was announced in the 1 Sep 1917 Motography. Screen rights for the 1916 source play, The Cinderella Man by Edward Childs Carpenter, were acquired by Goldwyn Pictures Corp. through producer Oliver Morosco and the author. The 8 Sep 1917 Exhibitors Herald identified the filming location as Goldwyn Studios in Fort Lee, NJ.
       According to the 6 Oct 1917 Motography, art director Hugo Ballin created a village set that featured “rooftops, chimneys, rain pipes and shutters,” then subjected it to a simulated snowstorm. Lead actress Mae Marsh found the scene so convincing that she reportedly appeared on set the next day wearing furs. The 15 Dec 1917 Motion Picture News revealed that 1,087 shots were made during the course of production, many of which were taken a second time “to guard against mishaps,” resulting in a total of 2,074. An estimated 307 were used in the completed film.
       he 1 Dec 1917 Exhibitors Herald announced that the picture was scheduled for release on 16 Dec 1917 to coincide with the Christmas season. A Calgary, Alberta, Canada, opening preceded at the Regent Theatre during the week of 9 Dec 1917, followed by New York City opening at the Strand Theatre on the release date. The 19 Jan 1918 Exhibitors Herald
reported that the film was well-received at the Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, IN, and at the Stanley Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. ...

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The start of principal photography was announced in the 1 Sep 1917 Motography. Screen rights for the 1916 source play, The Cinderella Man by Edward Childs Carpenter, were acquired by Goldwyn Pictures Corp. through producer Oliver Morosco and the author. The 8 Sep 1917 Exhibitors Herald identified the filming location as Goldwyn Studios in Fort Lee, NJ.
       According to the 6 Oct 1917 Motography, art director Hugo Ballin created a village set that featured “rooftops, chimneys, rain pipes and shutters,” then subjected it to a simulated snowstorm. Lead actress Mae Marsh found the scene so convincing that she reportedly appeared on set the next day wearing furs. The 15 Dec 1917 Motion Picture News revealed that 1,087 shots were made during the course of production, many of which were taken a second time “to guard against mishaps,” resulting in a total of 2,074. An estimated 307 were used in the completed film.
       he 1 Dec 1917 Exhibitors Herald announced that the picture was scheduled for release on 16 Dec 1917 to coincide with the Christmas season. A Calgary, Alberta, Canada, opening preceded at the Regent Theatre during the week of 9 Dec 1917, followed by New York City opening at the Strand Theatre on the release date. The 19 Jan 1918 Exhibitors Herald
reported that the film was well-received at the Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, IN, and at the Stanley Theatre in Philadelphia, PA.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Calgary Herald
8 Dec 1917
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Exhibitors Herald
8 Sep 1917
p. 8
Exhibitors Herald
1 Dec 1917
p. 44
Exhibitors Herald
29 Dec 1917
p. 27
Exhibitors Herald
19 Jan 1918
p. 34
Exhibitors Trade Review
22 Dec 1917
p. 294
Motion Picture News
15 Dec 1917
p. 4187
Motion Picture News
29 Dec 1917
p. 4582
Motography
1 Sep 1917
p. 452
Motography
15 Sep 1917
p. 560
Motography
6 Oct 1917
p. 718
Motography
8 Dec 1917
p. 1219
Motography
22 Dec 1917
p. 1313
Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1917
p. 1482
NYDM
2 Nov 1918
p. 625
Sun [New York, NY]
16 Dec 1917
p. 31
Variety
14 Dec 1917
p. 45
Wid's Daily
20 Dec 1917
pp. 808-809
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Cinderella Man by Edward Childs Carpenter (New York, 17 Jan 1916).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 December 1917
Premiere Information:
Calgary, Canada, opening: week of 9 Dec 1917; New York opening: 16 Dec 1917
Production Date:
began Aug 1917
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
10 December 1917
LP11817
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Marjorie Caner returns from Europe and finds life to be quite lonely in the cavernous mansion of her wealthy father, Morris Caner. Upon learning that Anthony Quintard, a young poet, is living in poverty next door while writing the libretto for an opera, she skips across the rooftops to bring him a Christmas banquet. Knowing that Tony detests wealth, Marjorie claims she is a secretary to the Caner family. She then volunteers to type his libretto, and a close intimacy grows between them. Tony wins a $10,000 prize for his work but is enraged when he discovers that Marjorie is an heiress. Morris Caner, mellowed under his daughter's tutelage, comes to the rescue by feigning financial ruin, which reconciles the two ...

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Marjorie Caner returns from Europe and finds life to be quite lonely in the cavernous mansion of her wealthy father, Morris Caner. Upon learning that Anthony Quintard, a young poet, is living in poverty next door while writing the libretto for an opera, she skips across the rooftops to bring him a Christmas banquet. Knowing that Tony detests wealth, Marjorie claims she is a secretary to the Caner family. She then volunteers to type his libretto, and a close intimacy grows between them. Tony wins a $10,000 prize for his work but is enraged when he discovers that Marjorie is an heiress. Morris Caner, mellowed under his daughter's tutelage, comes to the rescue by feigning financial ruin, which reconciles the two lovers.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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