The Outside Woman (1921)

Comedy | February 1921

Cinematographer:

Paul Parry

Production Designer:

Una Hopkins

Production Company:

Realart Pictures
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HISTORY

Principal photography was completed in late Jan 1921, as stated in the 1 Feb 1921 Wid’s Daily. The scenario was based on the play, All Night Long by Philip Bartholomae and Paul B. Sipe. An article in the 16 Apr 1921 Motion Picture News later described the play as an “original screen story” rather than a stage production.
       The 5 Mar 1921 Moving Picture World noted that several nationalities and ethnicities were represented by the cast, which included British-born Sidney Bracey, “French noblewoman” Rosita Marstini, Misao Seki of Japan, African American Thena Jasper, and an unidentified Irishman in the role of a police officer. News items in the 4 Feb 1921 [New Castle, PA] Herald and the 4 Mar 1921 [Bristol, PA] Courier revealed that lead actress Wanda Hawley’s wardrobe for the picture consisted primarily of negligees, many of which were ruined during production after catching on props and furnishings. The 11 Feb 1921 [Indiana, PA] Gazette attributed her costumes to artist and designer Penrhyn Stanlaws. The 26 Mar 1921 Film Daily also identified him as the director, although the 4 Mar 1921 Var claimed that he was not credited on screen.
       The Outside Woman opened on 25 Feb 1921 at the Anniston Star Theatre in Anniston, AL, on 27 Feb 1921 at the Delmonte Theatre in St. Louis, MO, during the week of 20 Mar 1921 at the Modern and Beacon Theatres in Boston, MA, and on 1 May 1921 at Clune’s Broadway Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. ...

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Principal photography was completed in late Jan 1921, as stated in the 1 Feb 1921 Wid’s Daily. The scenario was based on the play, All Night Long by Philip Bartholomae and Paul B. Sipe. An article in the 16 Apr 1921 Motion Picture News later described the play as an “original screen story” rather than a stage production.
       The 5 Mar 1921 Moving Picture World noted that several nationalities and ethnicities were represented by the cast, which included British-born Sidney Bracey, “French noblewoman” Rosita Marstini, Misao Seki of Japan, African American Thena Jasper, and an unidentified Irishman in the role of a police officer. News items in the 4 Feb 1921 [New Castle, PA] Herald and the 4 Mar 1921 [Bristol, PA] Courier revealed that lead actress Wanda Hawley’s wardrobe for the picture consisted primarily of negligees, many of which were ruined during production after catching on props and furnishings. The 11 Feb 1921 [Indiana, PA] Gazette attributed her costumes to artist and designer Penrhyn Stanlaws. The 26 Mar 1921 Film Daily also identified him as the director, although the 4 Mar 1921 Var claimed that he was not credited on screen.
       The Outside Woman opened on 25 Feb 1921 at the Anniston Star Theatre in Anniston, AL, on 27 Feb 1921 at the Delmonte Theatre in St. Louis, MO, during the week of 20 Mar 1921 at the Modern and Beacon Theatres in Boston, MA, and on 1 May 1921 at Clune’s Broadway Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2019.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Albuquerque Morning Journal [Albuquerque, NM]
16 Feb 1921
p. 4
Anniston Star [Anniston, AL]
24 Feb 1921
p. 2
Boston Globe [Boston, MA]
21 Mar 1921
p. 10
Brattleboro Reformer [Brattleboro, VT]
2 Mar 1921
p. 8
Bristol Courier [Bristol, PA]
4 Mar 1921
p. 3, 6
Exhibitors Herald
26 Feb 1921
p. 82
Indiana Gazette [Indiana, PA]
11 Feb 1921
p. 6
Los Angeles Times
1 May 1921
Section III, p. 13
Motion Picture News
16 Apr 1921
p. 2591
Moving Picture World
5 Mar 1921
p. 3, 78
Moving Picture World
12 Mar 1921
p. 184
New Castle Herald [New Castle, PA]
4 Feb 1921
p. 11
St. Louis Star and Times [St. Louis, MO]
25 Feb 1921
p. 17
Variety
4 Mar 1921
p. 44
Variety
8 Apr 1921
p. 40
Wid's Daily
1 Feb 1921
p. 3
Wid's Daily
20 Mar 1921
p. 12
Wid's Daily
26 Mar 1921
p. 2
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Paul Perry
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play All Night Long by Philip Bartholomae and Paul B. Sipe (production undetermined).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
DETAILS
Release Date:
February 1921
Premiere Information:
Anniston, AL, opening: 25 Feb 1921; St. Louis opening: 27 Feb 1921; Boston opening: week of 20 Mar 1921; Los Angeles opening: 1 May 1921
Production Date:
ended Jan 1921
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Realart Pictures
8 February 1921
LP16127
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,225
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Newlywed Dorothy Ralston exchanges her husband's Aztec idol of the god "Izajinx" for a peddler's silk shawl. Mr. Cambridge, an artist who lives in a neighboring apartment, is aware of the idol's value and buys it from the peddler. Dorothy’s husband, Dr. Frederick Ralston, informs her that the statue is a rare objet d'art, so she climbs the fire escape to retrieve it. Cambridge has been rendered unconscious by his Japanese servant’s jiu jitsu, but Dorothy revives him and buys back the idol for a kiss. The arrivals of Frederick, the irate Mrs. Cambridge, and the police result in a general mix-up, which is followed by a happy denouement. ...

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Newlywed Dorothy Ralston exchanges her husband's Aztec idol of the god "Izajinx" for a peddler's silk shawl. Mr. Cambridge, an artist who lives in a neighboring apartment, is aware of the idol's value and buys it from the peddler. Dorothy’s husband, Dr. Frederick Ralston, informs her that the statue is a rare objet d'art, so she climbs the fire escape to retrieve it. Cambridge has been rendered unconscious by his Japanese servant’s jiu jitsu, but Dorothy revives him and buys back the idol for a kiss. The arrivals of Frederick, the irate Mrs. Cambridge, and the police result in a general mix-up, which is followed by a happy denouement.

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