The Secret Studio (1927)

Romance | 19 June 1927

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HISTORY

Some sources list the title of Hazel Livingston's 1926 serial story as "Rosemary" and credit its first publication to The San Francisco Call newspaper. However, several other U.S. newspapers ran the story in Sep and Oct 1926 under the title The Secret Studio.
       News items in LAT and other newspapers from late Jan to mid-Mar 1927 reported that the film was then in production, listing Harry Beaumont as director, Randolph H. Faye as the scenarist and H. J. Bergquist as the cameraman. Those news items also credited Margaret Seldon as "Ma Merton," Earle Foxe as "Larry Kane" and Kenneth Harlan as "Sloan Whitney." A 13 Mar 1927 LAT article, accompanied by some cast photos, mentioned the same cast.
       However, on 27 May 1927, a LAT article about current production listed Victor Schertzinger as the director and credited Kate Bruce with the role of Ma Merton. That notation, and the mention of Joseph Cawthorn as a recent cast addiction to the picture in a 15 May 1927 NYT article, suggest that the film re-started production in mid-to-late May 1927, with a Schertzinger as the new director. Reviews for the released film agree with the cast and crew listed in the credits above. It has not been determined if any of the work done by the earlier crew was retained in the released film. ...

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Some sources list the title of Hazel Livingston's 1926 serial story as "Rosemary" and credit its first publication to The San Francisco Call newspaper. However, several other U.S. newspapers ran the story in Sep and Oct 1926 under the title The Secret Studio.
       News items in LAT and other newspapers from late Jan to mid-Mar 1927 reported that the film was then in production, listing Harry Beaumont as director, Randolph H. Faye as the scenarist and H. J. Bergquist as the cameraman. Those news items also credited Margaret Seldon as "Ma Merton," Earle Foxe as "Larry Kane" and Kenneth Harlan as "Sloan Whitney." A 13 Mar 1927 LAT article, accompanied by some cast photos, mentioned the same cast.
       However, on 27 May 1927, a LAT article about current production listed Victor Schertzinger as the director and credited Kate Bruce with the role of Ma Merton. That notation, and the mention of Joseph Cawthorn as a recent cast addiction to the picture in a 15 May 1927 NYT article, suggest that the film re-started production in mid-to-late May 1927, with a Schertzinger as the new director. Reviews for the released film agree with the cast and crew listed in the credits above. It has not been determined if any of the work done by the earlier crew was retained in the released film.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
26 Jun 1927
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Los Angeles Times
30 Jan 1927
p. C19
Los Angeles Times
13 Mar 1927
p. 17
Los Angeles Times
22 May 1927
p. 34
New York Times
15 May 1927
p. X3
New York Times
15 Jun 1927
p. 31
Variety
15 Jun 1927
p. 21
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the syndicated serial story "The Secret Studio" by Hazel Livingston (ca. Sep--Oct 1926).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 June 1927
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 11 Jun 1927
Production Date:
Jan-Mar 1927 and May 1927
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp.
26 June 1927
LP24151
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,870
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Rosemary Merton, an ambitious girl, agrees to pose in the studio of Larry Kane, a dissolute artist, but she refuses to do so in the nude. Kane, however, makes it appear in the portrait that she posed in that manner, and she is disgraced when local newspapers print the picture with an exposé of her struggle with Kane. She is vindicated by the intervention of Whitney, her wealthy young sweetheart; and Rosemary makes the sacrifice of ambition for ...

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Rosemary Merton, an ambitious girl, agrees to pose in the studio of Larry Kane, a dissolute artist, but she refuses to do so in the nude. Kane, however, makes it appear in the portrait that she posed in that manner, and she is disgraced when local newspapers print the picture with an exposé of her struggle with Kane. She is vindicated by the intervention of Whitney, her wealthy young sweetheart; and Rosemary makes the sacrifice of ambition for love.

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Subject
Subject (Major):

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

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