Little Church Around the Corner (1923)

Drama | 1 April 1923

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HISTORY

An item in the 18 Mar 1922 Moving Picture World suggested that Marion Russell’s 1902 stage play would make a commercially viable film. The hint was likely aimed at Warner Bros. Pictures, as the studio was mentioned in the opening sentence. On 15 Apr 1922, Moving Picture World reported Warners’ acquisition of the property. A short film based on the play appeared in 1915, which the article described as “miserable.”
       Six months later, the 14 Oct 1922 Moving Picture World announced that William A. Seiter was directing a modern adaptation of the story by Olga Printzlau. The 20 Oct 1922 FD included Bessie Love and Winter Hall among cast members, although their participation has not been determined. Reverend Neal Dodd, an Anglican minister based in Los Angeles, CA, was hired to “supervise the church scenes,” as stated in the 7 Nov 1922 FD. The 18 Nov 1922 Moving Picture World reported that principal photography began the previous week. Production was completed by the end of the month, according to the 2 Dec 1922 Moving Picture World. Articles in the 23 Dec 1922 and 27 Jan 1923 Moving Picture World estimated that the production cost Warner Bros. more than five times that of the studio’s other upcoming releases. The picture was received enthusiastically at a preview screening for critics and Warner employees. The 10 Mar 1923 Moving Picture World reported another screening held at Gordon’s Theatre in Brockton, MA, benefitting the city’s chapter of the Mothers League of New England. ...

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An item in the 18 Mar 1922 Moving Picture World suggested that Marion Russell’s 1902 stage play would make a commercially viable film. The hint was likely aimed at Warner Bros. Pictures, as the studio was mentioned in the opening sentence. On 15 Apr 1922, Moving Picture World reported Warners’ acquisition of the property. A short film based on the play appeared in 1915, which the article described as “miserable.”
       Six months later, the 14 Oct 1922 Moving Picture World announced that William A. Seiter was directing a modern adaptation of the story by Olga Printzlau. The 20 Oct 1922 FD included Bessie Love and Winter Hall among cast members, although their participation has not been determined. Reverend Neal Dodd, an Anglican minister based in Los Angeles, CA, was hired to “supervise the church scenes,” as stated in the 7 Nov 1922 FD. The 18 Nov 1922 Moving Picture World reported that principal photography began the previous week. Production was completed by the end of the month, according to the 2 Dec 1922 Moving Picture World. Articles in the 23 Dec 1922 and 27 Jan 1923 Moving Picture World estimated that the production cost Warner Bros. more than five times that of the studio’s other upcoming releases. The picture was received enthusiastically at a preview screening for critics and Warner employees. The 10 Mar 1923 Moving Picture World reported another screening held at Gordon’s Theatre in Brockton, MA, benefitting the city’s chapter of the Mothers League of New England. The world premiere was scheduled for 11 Mar 1923 at the Strand Theatre in New York City.
       Little Church Around the Corner was set to open the week of 25 Mar 1923, according to the 19 Mar 1923 FD. Reviews were generally positive, several of which noted the timely plot involving a mine disaster. The 7 Apr 1923 Moving Picture World reported high box-office receipts, due in part to exhibitors’ publicity stunts.
       A full-page advertisement in the 8 Jul 1922 Moving Picture World identified the Independent Film Corporation (IFC) of Philadelphia, PA, as the distributor.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Dec 1922
p. 25
Film Daily
20 Oct 1922
p. 2, 8
Film Daily
7 Nov 1922
p. 2
Film Daily
27 Dec 1922
p. 2
Film Daily
19 Mar 1923
p. 2
Film Daily
28 Mar 1923
p. 6
Film Daily
1 Apr 1923
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Motion Picture Magazine
Jun 1923
p. 56
Motion Picture News
27 Jan 1923
p. 367, 369
Moving Picture World
18 Mar 1922
p. 278
Moving Picture World
15 Apr 1922
p. 736
Moving Picture World
20 May 1922
p. 339
Moving Picture World
8 Jul 1922
p. 134
Moving Picture World
19 Aug 1922
p. 594
Moving Picture World
14 Oct 1922
p. 575
Moving Picture World
18 Nov 1922
p. 243
Moving Picture World
13 Jan 1923
p. 171
Moving Picture World
23 Dec 1922
p. 753
Moving Picture World
20 Jan 1923
p. 753
Moving Picture World
17 Feb 1923
p. 695
Moving Picture World
24 Feb 1923
p. 794
Moving Picture World
10 Mar 1923
p. 155
Moving Picture World
7 Apr 1923
p. 661
Moving Picture World
21 Apr 1923
p. 845
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
E. B. Du Par
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
PRODUCTION MISC
Elec eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Little Church Around the Corner; A Comedy-Drama in Four Acts by Marion Russell (production undetermined, copyright 27 Oct 1902).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 April 1923
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: week of 25 Mar 1923; Omaha premiere: ca18 Mar 1923
Production Date:
Nov 1922
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Brothers Pictures
15 January 1923
LP18673
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,300
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Orphaned as a result of a mine explosion, David Graham educates himself for the ministry with the help of Morton, a mine-owner. David accepts a position in a wealthy church, of which Morton is a member, in hopes of persuading his parishioners to improve the conditions of the miners. When Morton refuses to repair a mine shaft, David returns to his people. There is an explosion in which Morton and his daughter are trapped. David saves them and brings peace between Morton and the angry ...

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Orphaned as a result of a mine explosion, David Graham educates himself for the ministry with the help of Morton, a mine-owner. David accepts a position in a wealthy church, of which Morton is a member, in hopes of persuading his parishioners to improve the conditions of the miners. When Morton refuses to repair a mine shaft, David returns to his people. There is an explosion in which Morton and his daughter are trapped. David saves them and brings peace between Morton and the angry miners.

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Genre:
Sub-genre:
Social


Subject

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

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