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The upcoming production was announced in the 8 Jun 1924 Film Daily by its working title, Clinging Fingers. Nearly two week later, the 21 Jun 1924 Universal Weekly reported the start of principal photography at Universal Studios in Universal City, CA. Ward Crane was listed as a cast member. Also joining the production were actors ZaSu Pitts (19 Jul 1924 Moving Picture World) and Chuck Reisner (19 Jul 1924 Universal Weekly). Editing and titling of the picture were underway by 6 Aug 1924, as noted in that day’s issue of Film Daily. According to the 30 Aug 1924 Exhibitors Trade Review, a completed print had recently been screened for Frederica Sagor, head of Universal’s East Coast scenario department. The picture was referred to by its official title, The Price of Pleasure.
       Prior to the scheduled 15 Mar 1925 release date, a “Screenland Star Night” was held at the La Monica Ballroom in Santa Monica, CA, with the entire cast as guests of honor, followed by a premiere engagement on 31 Jan 1925 at the Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The film later opened in New York City during March 1925 at the Cameo Theatre, which the 18 Mar 1925 Var claimed was poorly attended because patrons did not consider the film worthy of the thirty-five-cent admission price.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2020. ...

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The upcoming production was announced in the 8 Jun 1924 Film Daily by its working title, Clinging Fingers. Nearly two week later, the 21 Jun 1924 Universal Weekly reported the start of principal photography at Universal Studios in Universal City, CA. Ward Crane was listed as a cast member. Also joining the production were actors ZaSu Pitts (19 Jul 1924 Moving Picture World) and Chuck Reisner (19 Jul 1924 Universal Weekly). Editing and titling of the picture were underway by 6 Aug 1924, as noted in that day’s issue of Film Daily. According to the 30 Aug 1924 Exhibitors Trade Review, a completed print had recently been screened for Frederica Sagor, head of Universal’s East Coast scenario department. The picture was referred to by its official title, The Price of Pleasure.
       Prior to the scheduled 15 Mar 1925 release date, a “Screenland Star Night” was held at the La Monica Ballroom in Santa Monica, CA, with the entire cast as guests of honor, followed by a premiere engagement on 31 Jan 1925 at the Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The film later opened in New York City during March 1925 at the Cameo Theatre, which the 18 Mar 1925 Var claimed was poorly attended because patrons did not consider the film worthy of the thirty-five-cent admission price.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2020.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Buffalo Courier [Buffalo, NY]
15 Mar 1925
p. 69
Daily News [Los Angeles, CA]
27 Jan 1925
p. 20
Exhibitors Herald
27 Jun 1925
p. 153
Exhibitors Trade Review
30 Aug 1924
p. 31
Exhibitors Trade Review
13 Jun 1925
p. 52
Film Daily
8 Jun 1924
p. 7
Film Daily
10 Jun 1924
p. 2
Film Daily
27 Jun 1924
p. 7
Film Daily
6 Aug 1924
p. 4
Film Daily
31 May 1925
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Los Angeles Daily News
27 Jan 1925
p. 20
Los Angeles Evening Post-Record [Los Angeles, CA]
26 Jan 1925
p. 10
Los Angeles Times
30 Jan 1925
p. 25
Motion Picture News
13 Jun 1925
p. 2967
Moving Picture World
19 Jul 1924
p. 178
Moving Picture World
6 Sep 1924
p. 64
Moving Picture World
8 Nov 1924
p. 168
New York Daily News
24 May 1925
p. 15
New York Times
26 May 1925
p. 24
Universal Weekly
21 Jun 1924
p. 12, 15
Universal Weekly
19 Jul 1924
p. 35
Variety
18 Mar 1925
p. 24
Variety
1 Apr 1925
p. 31
Variety
13 May 1925
p. 33
Variety
27 May 1925
p. 40
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Clinging Fingers
Release Date:
15 March 1925
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 31 Jan 1925; New York opening: mid-Mar 1925; Buffalo, NY, opening: week of 22 Mar 1925
Production Date:
began Jun 1924
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp.
2 December 1924
LP20833
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,618
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

While working in a large New York City department store, Linnie Randall expresses her desire for just one week of real pleasure. She is overheard by Garry Schuyler, the scion of an aristocratic family dressed as a humble mechanic, who decides to grant her wish. Following a wonderful week together, Linnie and Garry realize they love each other, and are immediately married. Garry reveals his true identity and introduces Linnie to his disapproving mother and sister, who proceed to make her life miserable. When she overhears Garry's mother say that her son's life has been ruined by marrying a shopgirl, Linnie runs from the house. Garry pursues her in his car and accidentally runs her over. Believing that Linnie is dead, Garry becomes mentally ill and is sent to Europe for treatment. Meanwhile, Linnie recovers and supports herself by dancing in a cabaret. Upon Garry’s return, he discovers that Linnie is alive and the mother of their child. Once they are reunited, Garry saves Linnie from the legal chicanery of his family and the unwanted advances of her dancing ...

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While working in a large New York City department store, Linnie Randall expresses her desire for just one week of real pleasure. She is overheard by Garry Schuyler, the scion of an aristocratic family dressed as a humble mechanic, who decides to grant her wish. Following a wonderful week together, Linnie and Garry realize they love each other, and are immediately married. Garry reveals his true identity and introduces Linnie to his disapproving mother and sister, who proceed to make her life miserable. When she overhears Garry's mother say that her son's life has been ruined by marrying a shopgirl, Linnie runs from the house. Garry pursues her in his car and accidentally runs her over. Believing that Linnie is dead, Garry becomes mentally ill and is sent to Europe for treatment. Meanwhile, Linnie recovers and supports herself by dancing in a cabaret. Upon Garry’s return, he discovers that Linnie is alive and the mother of their child. Once they are reunited, Garry saves Linnie from the legal chicanery of his family and the unwanted advances of her dancing partner.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

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

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