The Little Yellow House (1928)

62 mins | Romance | 28 May 1928

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HISTORY

The 13 May 1927 and 20 May 1927 issues of Motion Picture News announced that F.B.O. Productions, Inc. planned to make a feature film adaptation of Beatrice Burton’s story, “The Little Yellow House,” which was to be serialized in McCall’s magazine, and later, at the time of the film’s release, published as a novel by the George H. Doran Company. Although an 18 January 1928 Variety item stated that Burton was also hired to write the adaptation and continuity for her story, and that Ralph Ince was on board to direct, the film was ultimately directed by James Leo Meehan, from a script adaptation by Dorothy Yost and continuity by Charles Kerr.
       According to a studio production directory in the 18 February 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, filming began on 1 February 1928. Shooting took place in Hollywood, CA, and was completed sometime before 28 March 1928, as reported in that day’s Film Daily. The 26 February 1928 New York Times indicated that actress Rosemary Cooper was given a small role, and an F.B.O. advertisement in the 18 April 1928 Los Angeles Times listed Joseph P. Kennedy as the presenter and William Le Baron as the producer of eight current F.B.O. Productions, including The Little Yellow House.
       A release date of 24 April 1928 was initially planned, as noted in the 1 October 1927 Exhibitors Herald. However, items in the 31 March 1928 Motion Picture News and 28 April 1928 Harrison’s Reports cited a revised issue date of 28 May 1928.
       The National Film ...

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The 13 May 1927 and 20 May 1927 issues of Motion Picture News announced that F.B.O. Productions, Inc. planned to make a feature film adaptation of Beatrice Burton’s story, “The Little Yellow House,” which was to be serialized in McCall’s magazine, and later, at the time of the film’s release, published as a novel by the George H. Doran Company. Although an 18 January 1928 Variety item stated that Burton was also hired to write the adaptation and continuity for her story, and that Ralph Ince was on board to direct, the film was ultimately directed by James Leo Meehan, from a script adaptation by Dorothy Yost and continuity by Charles Kerr.
       According to a studio production directory in the 18 February 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, filming began on 1 February 1928. Shooting took place in Hollywood, CA, and was completed sometime before 28 March 1928, as reported in that day’s Film Daily. The 26 February 1928 New York Times indicated that actress Rosemary Cooper was given a small role, and an F.B.O. advertisement in the 18 April 1928 Los Angeles Times listed Joseph P. Kennedy as the presenter and William Le Baron as the producer of eight current F.B.O. Productions, including The Little Yellow House.
       A release date of 24 April 1928 was initially planned, as noted in the 1 October 1927 Exhibitors Herald. However, items in the 31 March 1928 Motion Picture News and 28 April 1928 Harrison’s Reports cited a revised issue date of 28 May 1928.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this picture on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
1 Oct 1927
p. 22
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
18 Feb 1928
p. 33
Film Daily
19 Jan 1928
p. 11
Film Daily
28 Mar 1928
p. 4
Film Daily
29 Apr 1928
p. 6
Harrison's Reports
14 Apr 1928
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Harrison's Reports
28 Apr 1928
p. 66
Ithaca Journal [Ithaca, NY]
8 Jun 1928
p. 2
Los Angeles Times
18 Apr 1928
Section D, p. 23
Motion Picture News
13 May 1927
p. 1833
Motion Picture News
20 May 1927
p. 1911
Motion Picture News
21 Jan 1928
p. 202-D
Motion Picture News
31 Mar 1928
p. 1026
New York Daily News
8 Jan 1928
p. 97
New York Times
15 Jan 1928
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New York Times
19 Feb 1928
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New York Times
26 Feb 1928
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Variety
18 Jan 1928
p. 5
Variety
2 May 1928
p. 15
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Al Siegler
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Little Yellow House by Beatrice Burton Morgan (Garden City, NY, 1928).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 May 1928
Premiere Information:
Ithaca, NY, opening: 11 Jun 1928
Production Date:
began 1 Feb 1928
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
F.B.O. Productions, Inc.
24 April 1928
LP25239
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
6,402
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Rose Milburn, a devoted woman married to a drunkard, reluctantly gives up her bridal home to benefit her daughter's social standing and takes her family to live with her wealthy mother. Charlie Milburn's alcoholism causes his mother-in-law to turn him out of the house, and in the street he is killed by a passing truck. Rose and her son return to "the little yellow house," which has been bought and restored by Rob Hollis, an ex-sweetheart of Emmy Milburn, the daughter. Ensconced in an apartment in the city, Emmy is being led astray by Wells Harbison, an older married man. Wells is forcing his attentions on Emmy when Rob arrives in time to save her. They return together to the cherished ...

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Mrs. Rose Milburn, a devoted woman married to a drunkard, reluctantly gives up her bridal home to benefit her daughter's social standing and takes her family to live with her wealthy mother. Charlie Milburn's alcoholism causes his mother-in-law to turn him out of the house, and in the street he is killed by a passing truck. Rose and her son return to "the little yellow house," which has been bought and restored by Rob Hollis, an ex-sweetheart of Emmy Milburn, the daughter. Ensconced in an apartment in the city, Emmy is being led astray by Wells Harbison, an older married man. Wells is forcing his attentions on Emmy when Rob arrives in time to save her. They return together to the cherished house.

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Subject

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

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