Passion Fruit (1921)

Romance, Melodrama | 7 February 1921

Director:

John Ince

Cinematographer:

Rudolph Bergquist

Production Designer:

John Hughes

Production Company:

Metro Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The 19 Jun 1920 Moving Picture World announced that Doraldina, a famous dancer, left New York City to begin work in early Jul 1920 on The Passion Fruit at Metro Studio at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood, CA. Doraldina was known for introducing "the hula hula" and other Pacific Island dances to America.
       A review in the 29 Jan 1921 Exhibitors Herald found the "colorful" film acceptable, but tagged it as a "weird Hawaiian melodrama."
       To promote Passion Fruit, Doraldina made personal appearances with the film through the South and central western U.S., the 30 Jul 1921 Camera reported. ... More Less

The 19 Jun 1920 Moving Picture World announced that Doraldina, a famous dancer, left New York City to begin work in early Jul 1920 on The Passion Fruit at Metro Studio at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood, CA. Doraldina was known for introducing "the hula hula" and other Pacific Island dances to America.
       A review in the 29 Jan 1921 Exhibitors Herald found the "colorful" film acceptable, but tagged it as a "weird Hawaiian melodrama."
       To promote Passion Fruit, Doraldina made personal appearances with the film through the South and central western U.S., the 30 Jul 1921 Camera reported. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
30 Jul 1921
p. 4.
Exhibitors Herald
29 Jan 1921
p. 85.
Moving Picture World
19 Jun 1920
p. 1625.
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
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PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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Art dir
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 February 1921
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: ca8 January 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures
Copyright Date:
23 February 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16176
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Regina Dominant lives with her father on a small South Sea island and is jealously regarded by the overseer, Anders Rance, who wants to possess Regina and, eventually, the Dominant estate. Anders kills Peter Dominant with a poisoned cigar made by a leper on the island, hoping to gain control of the young woman. However, Regina is intrigued by Pierce Lamont, a newcomer who insults her after she dances the hula at a charity vaudeville show. She soon entrusts Pierce with the management of the estate. Using the leper as speaker for the gods to arouse the natives, Anders starts a revolt against Regina, claiming, falsely, that since she is half-caste, she does not deserve to rule the island. The natives dethrone Regina and Pierce Lamont is taken prisoner. Pointing a gun at Pierce, Anders forces Regina to keep him alive by dancing the hula. Outraged, the natives break up the revelry, and Regina's maid, Nuanua, reveals that Anders Rance is her father, the one who made her a shunned half-caste. Nuanua kills Anders with a knife, then commits suicide. With peace restored, Pierce and Regina are happily ... +


Regina Dominant lives with her father on a small South Sea island and is jealously regarded by the overseer, Anders Rance, who wants to possess Regina and, eventually, the Dominant estate. Anders kills Peter Dominant with a poisoned cigar made by a leper on the island, hoping to gain control of the young woman. However, Regina is intrigued by Pierce Lamont, a newcomer who insults her after she dances the hula at a charity vaudeville show. She soon entrusts Pierce with the management of the estate. Using the leper as speaker for the gods to arouse the natives, Anders starts a revolt against Regina, claiming, falsely, that since she is half-caste, she does not deserve to rule the island. The natives dethrone Regina and Pierce Lamont is taken prisoner. Pointing a gun at Pierce, Anders forces Regina to keep him alive by dancing the hula. Outraged, the natives break up the revelry, and Regina's maid, Nuanua, reveals that Anders Rance is her father, the one who made her a shunned half-caste. Nuanua kills Anders with a knife, then commits suicide. With peace restored, Pierce and Regina are happily united. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Island


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Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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