Sackcloth and Scarlet (1925)

Drama | 22 March 1925

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HISTORY

The scenario was based on the 1924 novel Sackcloth and Scarlet by George Gibbs, which first appeared as a series in the Jan 1924 issue of Red Book, and was later published in book form. On 19 Oct 1924, Film Daily reported that producer Robert T. Kane was traveling to Los Angeles, CA, to begin work on the screen version, provisionally titled Sackcloth and Ashes, starring Alice Terry and Conway Tearle. Filming was scheduled to begin at United Studios at 5341 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, CA. The 8 Oct 1924 Exhibitors Herald reported the official title as Sackcloth and Scarlet. Conway Tearle was later replaced by Orville Caldwell.
       According to the 30 Nov 1924 and 7 Dec 1924 editions of LAT, director Henry King held several weeks of screen tests to cast the film, ultimately selecting a group of lesser known players in support of Alice Terry. Shortly after the start of production, the 11 Dec 1924 Film Daily announced newcomer Dorothy Sebastian for the second female lead. The Mar 1925 Motion Picture noted that she had already appeared in two major Broadway shows. Locations were identified in the 6 Dec 1924 San Francisco Examiner and the 21 Jan 1925 LAT as Big Bear Lake, CA, and Lake Arrowhead, CA.
       Articles in the 14 Jan 1925 LAT and the 7 Feb 1925 Exhibitors Trade Review revealed that Orville Caldwell suffered a severe injury to his left knee during the final days of ...

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The scenario was based on the 1924 novel Sackcloth and Scarlet by George Gibbs, which first appeared as a series in the Jan 1924 issue of Red Book, and was later published in book form. On 19 Oct 1924, Film Daily reported that producer Robert T. Kane was traveling to Los Angeles, CA, to begin work on the screen version, provisionally titled Sackcloth and Ashes, starring Alice Terry and Conway Tearle. Filming was scheduled to begin at United Studios at 5341 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, CA. The 8 Oct 1924 Exhibitors Herald reported the official title as Sackcloth and Scarlet. Conway Tearle was later replaced by Orville Caldwell.
       According to the 30 Nov 1924 and 7 Dec 1924 editions of LAT, director Henry King held several weeks of screen tests to cast the film, ultimately selecting a group of lesser known players in support of Alice Terry. Shortly after the start of production, the 11 Dec 1924 Film Daily announced newcomer Dorothy Sebastian for the second female lead. The Mar 1925 Motion Picture noted that she had already appeared in two major Broadway shows. Locations were identified in the 6 Dec 1924 San Francisco Examiner and the 21 Jan 1925 LAT as Big Bear Lake, CA, and Lake Arrowhead, CA.
       Articles in the 14 Jan 1925 LAT and the 7 Feb 1925 Exhibitors Trade Review revealed that Orville Caldwell suffered a severe injury to his left knee during the final days of production, after the horse he was riding “shied at a piece of wind-blown paper.” The actor required crutches to walk and was subjected to “daily baking treatments” at Hollywood Hospital. Regardless, filming was completed on schedule.
       Sackcloth and Scarlet opened in early Mar 1925 at the Majestic Theatre in Bridgeport, CT, during the week of 15 Mar 1925 at the Metropolitan Theatre in Los Angeles, and on 22 Mar 1925 at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City. The 28 Mar 1925 Exhibitors Herald noted that an early Mar 1925 opening in Chicago, IL, was postponed by the local censorship board due to its inclusion of a premarital sexual relationship. A permit was issued to show the film after it was demonstrated that it contained “a sufficient moral.”
       Although the film was released by Paramount Pictures Corp. in the U.S., the Dec 1925 Pictures and the Picturegoes claimed that it was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Great Britain.
       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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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Bridgeport Telegram [Bridgeport, CT]
7 Mar 1925
p. 5
Exhibitors Herald
8 Nov 1924
p. 56
Exhibitors Herald
29 Nov 1924
p. 25
Exhibitors Herald
28 Mar 1925
p. 25
Exhibitors Herald
4 Apr 1925
p. 44
Exhibitors Trade Review
7 Feb 1925
p. 36
Exhibitors Trade Review
21 Feb 1925
p. 31
Film Daily
19 Oct 1924
pp. 1-2
Film Daily
26 Oct 1924
p. 1
Film Daily
11 Dec 1924
p. 4
Film Daily
3 May 1925
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Los Angeles Examiner
14 Mar 1925
p. 6
Los Angeles Times
27 Nov 1924
p. 27
Los Angeles Times
30 Nov 1924
p. 51
Los Angeles Times
14 Jan 1925
p. 27
Los Angeles Times
21 Jan 1925
p. 48
Motion Picture
Mar 1925
p. 103
Moving Picture World
10 Jan 1925
p. 126
Moving Picture World
11 Apr 1925
p. 582
New York Daily News
18 Mar 1925
p. 113
New York Times
25 Mar 1925
p. 24
Pictures and the Picturegoer
Dec 1925
p. 92
San Francisco Examiner [San Francisco, CA]
6 Dec 1924
p. 11
Variety
18 Mar 1925
p. 34
Variety
25 Mar 1925
p. 36
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Robert Kane
Pres
WRITERS
Tom Geraghty
Scen
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Robert M. Haas
Art dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Sackcloth and Scarlet by George Gibbs (London, 1924).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Sackcloth and Ashes
Release Date:
22 March 1925
Premiere Information:
Bridgeport, CT, opening: early Mar 1925; Los Angeles opening: week of 15 Mar 1925; New York opening: 22 Mar 1925
Production Date:
began early Dec 1924
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Kagor Productions, Inc.
3 April 1925
LP21318
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,752
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Polly Freeman seeks adventure in Paradise Valley and finds it in Stephen Edwards, a rugged farmer interested in irrigation projects. After spending the night with Stephen, Polly returns home and confesses everything to her sister, Joan. They travel to Paris, France, where Polly bears Stephen’s child. Joan’s fiancé, Sam Curtis, arrives in Paris and assumes that she is the mother of Polly’s baby. Sam breaks the engagement, Polly deserts her child, and Joan becomes the guest of the Countess Selignac in Washington, D.C. There she meets Stephen, who has been elected to Congress following the success of his desert reclamation projects. They fall in love, but when Polly appears, broken in health and spirit, Joan learns that Stephen fathered her sister’s child and insists that they be married. However, Polly dies before the wedding, freeing Stephen and Joan to find happiness together. ...

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Polly Freeman seeks adventure in Paradise Valley and finds it in Stephen Edwards, a rugged farmer interested in irrigation projects. After spending the night with Stephen, Polly returns home and confesses everything to her sister, Joan. They travel to Paris, France, where Polly bears Stephen’s child. Joan’s fiancé, Sam Curtis, arrives in Paris and assumes that she is the mother of Polly’s baby. Sam breaks the engagement, Polly deserts her child, and Joan becomes the guest of the Countess Selignac in Washington, D.C. There she meets Stephen, who has been elected to Congress following the success of his desert reclamation projects. They fall in love, but when Polly appears, broken in health and spirit, Joan learns that Stephen fathered her sister’s child and insists that they be married. However, Polly dies before the wedding, freeing Stephen and Joan to find happiness together.

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