The Man Upstairs (1926)

Comedy-drama | 22 January 1926

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HISTORY

According to an item in the Dec 1925 Photoplay, Erle Kenton was set to direct Monte Blue in The Agony Column. However, the 14 Nov 1925 Moving Picture World announced that Roy Del Ruth instead would helm the picture, which was set to costar Dorothy Devore, Myrna Loy, and others. The following week, the 21 Nov 1925 Moving Picture World reported that filming had ended, and that the title had been changed to The Man Upstairs. Among the cast members mentioned were Eve Southern, Otto Hoffman, and Arthur Thalasso, but they, along with Myrna Loy, were not listed in final credits.
       Earl Derr Biggers's novel, The Agony Column, was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post (8 Jul--22 Jul 1916). For information on other screen adaptations of Biggers' novel, consult the entry for the 1918 Vitagraph production of The Blind Adventure , directed by Wesley H. Ruggles and starring Edward Earle and Betty Howe. ...

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According to an item in the Dec 1925 Photoplay, Erle Kenton was set to direct Monte Blue in The Agony Column. However, the 14 Nov 1925 Moving Picture World announced that Roy Del Ruth instead would helm the picture, which was set to costar Dorothy Devore, Myrna Loy, and others. The following week, the 21 Nov 1925 Moving Picture World reported that filming had ended, and that the title had been changed to The Man Upstairs. Among the cast members mentioned were Eve Southern, Otto Hoffman, and Arthur Thalasso, but they, along with Myrna Loy, were not listed in final credits.
       Earl Derr Biggers's novel, The Agony Column, was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post (8 Jul--22 Jul 1916). For information on other screen adaptations of Biggers' novel, consult the entry for the 1918 Vitagraph production of The Blind Adventure , directed by Wesley H. Ruggles and starring Edward Earle and Betty Howe.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Atlanta Constitution
27 Jun 1926
p. E4.
Hartford Courant
22 Aug 1926
p. A3.
Moving Picture World
14 Nov 1925
p. 132.
Moving Picture World
21 Nov 1925
p. 234.
Photoplay
Dec 1925
p. 104.
Pittsburgh Press
14 Feb 1926
p. 55.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Agony Column by Earl Derr Biggers (Indianapolis, IN, 1916).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Agony Column
Release Date:
22 January 1926
Production Date:
ended Nov 1925
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
21 January 1926
LP22285
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Geoffrey West, a traveler and adventurer, sees a girl in a London hotel and uses the personals column of a newspaper to get in touch with her. The girl, Marion Larnard, then sets a test for Geoffrey: he is to write her a letter each day for 5 days and, if he proves himself to be an interesting fellow, she will have dinner with him. As a joke, Geoffrey convinces Marion that he has done away with a certain Captain Fraser-Freer; Marion is, at first, quite concerned, but when she realizes that Geoffrey is jesting, she decides to teach him a lesson. She arranges with Fraser-Freer to disappear and has Geoffrey arrested for his murder. Letting Geoffrey fret for a while, Marion eventually arranges for his release and assures him that he has indeed proved himself to be an interesting ...

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Geoffrey West, a traveler and adventurer, sees a girl in a London hotel and uses the personals column of a newspaper to get in touch with her. The girl, Marion Larnard, then sets a test for Geoffrey: he is to write her a letter each day for 5 days and, if he proves himself to be an interesting fellow, she will have dinner with him. As a joke, Geoffrey convinces Marion that he has done away with a certain Captain Fraser-Freer; Marion is, at first, quite concerned, but when she realizes that Geoffrey is jesting, she decides to teach him a lesson. She arranges with Fraser-Freer to disappear and has Geoffrey arrested for his murder. Letting Geoffrey fret for a while, Marion eventually arranges for his release and assures him that he has indeed proved himself to be an interesting fellow.

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