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Skirts was planned as a six-reel Fox Sunshine Comedy Special. Fox Sunshine Comedies were normally two reels each. Production began on Skirts in late 1919 under the direction of Hampton Del Ruth, and was said to have been completed by March 1920. However, shooting continued intermittently for several moths thereafter. Retake footage involved numerous cast changes.
       Film editor "Brick" Enright is credited in the Fox studio press book for Skirts as Hampton Del Ruth's "chief cutter." When William Fox demanded that De Ruth bring a cut of the film to New York for the May 1920 Fox exhibitors convention, according to the press book, "The director promised to do so by the next train, although he knew that not a foot of it had been cut and not a title inserted." Del Ruth and Enright set up a cutting room in a rented observation car and edited the film en route. Fifty thousand feet of footage was said to have been shot for the film, of which fifteen thousand feet of "circled takes" were work-printed. The fifteen thousand was trimmed to six thousand feet by the time the train reached Chicago, IL. Hampton Del Ruth arranged to screen the cut work print for passengers on the 20th Century Limited, on the final leg of his journey from Chicago to New York City.
       The 1 Sep 1920 issue of The Film Daily carried a front page story headlined "Del Ruth Out," noting that Del Ruth had been fired, as well as the Fox Sunshine directors he supervised, Vin Moore, Roy Del Ruth ... More Less

Skirts was planned as a six-reel Fox Sunshine Comedy Special. Fox Sunshine Comedies were normally two reels each. Production began on Skirts in late 1919 under the direction of Hampton Del Ruth, and was said to have been completed by March 1920. However, shooting continued intermittently for several moths thereafter. Retake footage involved numerous cast changes.
       Film editor "Brick" Enright is credited in the Fox studio press book for Skirts as Hampton Del Ruth's "chief cutter." When William Fox demanded that De Ruth bring a cut of the film to New York for the May 1920 Fox exhibitors convention, according to the press book, "The director promised to do so by the next train, although he knew that not a foot of it had been cut and not a title inserted." Del Ruth and Enright set up a cutting room in a rented observation car and edited the film en route. Fifty thousand feet of footage was said to have been shot for the film, of which fifteen thousand feet of "circled takes" were work-printed. The fifteen thousand was trimmed to six thousand feet by the time the train reached Chicago, IL. Hampton Del Ruth arranged to screen the cut work print for passengers on the 20th Century Limited, on the final leg of his journey from Chicago to New York City.
       The 1 Sep 1920 issue of The Film Daily carried a front page story headlined "Del Ruth Out," noting that Del Ruth had been fired, as well as the Fox Sunshine directors he supervised, Vin Moore, Roy Del Ruth (Hampton Del Ruth's brother), Kenneth G. MacLean and James Davis. Comedian Jack Cooper was also let go at that time.
       Eventually, production was resumed on Skirts under the direction of John G. Blystone, with Clyde Cook assuming the lead role, supported by actress Lois Scott, who had been with the film from the beginning in various roles.
       Fox utilized footage shot for the various iterations of Skirts in several other short comedies, including: Mary's Little Lobster (released 15 Aug 1920, direction attributed to Eddie Cline), The Singer Midgets Scandal (Released: 17 Jul 1921, direction attributed to Eddie Cline), The Singer Midgets Side Show (9 Oct 1921, direction attributed to Eddie Cline), and others. More Less

DETAILS
Release Date:
10 April 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 April 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16425
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,950
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Following an animated prolog with clay figures representing Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Peter Rocks, Jr., is introduced as a circus handyman whose father is a millionaire separated from his family and whose mother is the sideshow's bearded lady. He attempts to acquire his father's fortune but is outsmarted by the strong man. A circus performance, a tornado, an automobile accident, a rescue by airplane from a speeding train, and a huge banquet scene are prominently ... +


Following an animated prolog with clay figures representing Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Peter Rocks, Jr., is introduced as a circus handyman whose father is a millionaire separated from his family and whose mother is the sideshow's bearded lady. He attempts to acquire his father's fortune but is outsmarted by the strong man. A circus performance, a tornado, an automobile accident, a rescue by airplane from a speeding train, and a huge banquet scene are prominently featured. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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