For the Soul of Rafael (1920)

Drama | May 1920

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HISTORY

According to a news item, an advisory board of historians and technical experts was secured for consultation concerning the life and customs of early Californians, and many scenes were shot in the California locations mentioned in the novel, including many missions. Also, according to a news item, 200 Indians from the Soboba, Pima and Cocopah reservations near Los Angeles appeared in the film. The film had its premiere in Los Angeles on 21 Apr 1920, and was given a trade showing in New York on 26 May ... More Less

According to a news item, an advisory board of historians and technical experts was secured for consultation concerning the life and customs of early Californians, and many scenes were shot in the California locations mentioned in the novel, including many missions. Also, according to a news item, 200 Indians from the Soboba, Pima and Cocopah reservations near Los Angeles appeared in the film. The film had its premiere in Los Angeles on 21 Apr 1920, and was given a trade showing in New York on 26 May 1920. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Jun 20
p. 54.
MPN
12 Jun 20
p. 4867.
MPW
15 May 20
p. 983.
New York Morning Telegraph
30 May 1920.
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Variety
28 May 20
p. 27.
Variety
8 Oct 20
p. 43.
Wid's
30 May 20
p. 6.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel For the Soul of Rafael by Marah Ellis Ryan (Chicago, 1906).
DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Equity Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 April 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15164
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,090
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In old California, Marta Estavan is preparing to leave the convent where she has been reared when her guardian Dona Luisa Artega promises Marta in marriage to her son Rafael in hopes that marriage will tame her wild offspring. One night, Marta rescues Keith Bryton from his Indian captors and soon falls in love with him. Dona Luisa, desperate to break up their budding romance, tricks Bryton into believing that Marta has entered a convent and then lies to Marta that Bryton is dead. Bereft, Marta marries Rafael and pledges to Dona Luisa on her deathbed that she will reform him. Bryton returns, but Marta remains true to her vow. When in the course of eloping with another woman, Rafael is shot and killed by the bandit El Capitan, Marta is free to marry the man she ... +


In old California, Marta Estavan is preparing to leave the convent where she has been reared when her guardian Dona Luisa Artega promises Marta in marriage to her son Rafael in hopes that marriage will tame her wild offspring. One night, Marta rescues Keith Bryton from his Indian captors and soon falls in love with him. Dona Luisa, desperate to break up their budding romance, tricks Bryton into believing that Marta has entered a convent and then lies to Marta that Bryton is dead. Bereft, Marta marries Rafael and pledges to Dona Luisa on her deathbed that she will reform him. Bryton returns, but Marta remains true to her vow. When in the course of eloping with another woman, Rafael is shot and killed by the bandit El Capitan, Marta is free to marry the man she loves. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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