Trifling Women (1922)

Romance | 6 November 1922

Director:

Rex Ingram

Writer:

Rex Ingram

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Production Designer:

Leo Kuter

Production Company:

Metro Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to the 12 Jan 1922 FD, Rex Ingram was planning a remake of his 1917 Universal film, Black Orchids (see entry), with Barbara La Marr set to star. Three months later, the 15 Apr 1922 Moving Picture World reported that Ingram purchased the rights, intending to produce the picture as he “should have made it in the first place.”
       Principal photography had begun, as announced in the 22 Apr 1922 FD, which noted the picture would be part of Metro Pictures’ 1922-1923 season. According to the Jul 1922 Motion Picture Magazine, actor Edward Connelly was attacked by a chimpanzee during production. The animal had reportedly been irritable all morning and during a break in shooting, when its trainer was not watching, the ape “strode toward Mr. Connelly, grasping him in his huge arms.” It took several minutes to pry him loose, but no permanent injuries were reported.
       Referring to the film as The Black Orchid, the 9 Jun 1922 Var reported that production was nearing completion. However, on 24 Jun 1922, Exhibitors Herald stated that Ingram was still working on the picture. The 6 Jul 1922 FD noted that the title would be changed before the picture’s release. The end of principal photography was announced in the 22 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, and the 4 Aug 1922 FD noted a title change to Trifling Women. The 6 Oct 1922 FD reported that Rex Ingram “protested strongly” against the producers’ insistence on changing his original title, and the 6 ... More Less

According to the 12 Jan 1922 FD, Rex Ingram was planning a remake of his 1917 Universal film, Black Orchids (see entry), with Barbara La Marr set to star. Three months later, the 15 Apr 1922 Moving Picture World reported that Ingram purchased the rights, intending to produce the picture as he “should have made it in the first place.”
       Principal photography had begun, as announced in the 22 Apr 1922 FD, which noted the picture would be part of Metro Pictures’ 1922-1923 season. According to the Jul 1922 Motion Picture Magazine, actor Edward Connelly was attacked by a chimpanzee during production. The animal had reportedly been irritable all morning and during a break in shooting, when its trainer was not watching, the ape “strode toward Mr. Connelly, grasping him in his huge arms.” It took several minutes to pry him loose, but no permanent injuries were reported.
       Referring to the film as The Black Orchid, the 9 Jun 1922 Var reported that production was nearing completion. However, on 24 Jun 1922, Exhibitors Herald stated that Ingram was still working on the picture. The 6 Jul 1922 FD noted that the title would be changed before the picture’s release. The end of principal photography was announced in the 22 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, and the 4 Aug 1922 FD noted a title change to Trifling Women. The 6 Oct 1922 FD reported that Rex Ingram “protested strongly” against the producers’ insistence on changing his original title, and the 6 Oct 1922 Var review also criticized the renaming, calling the new moniker “too big” for the film to live up to. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
24 Jun 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
3 Jun 1922
p. 22.
Exhibitors Trade Review
22 Jul 1922.
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Film Daily
12 Jan 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
22 Apr 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
25 Apr 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
6 Jul 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
4 Aug 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
6 Oct 1922
p. 4.
Motion Picture Magazine
Jun 1922
p. 74.
Motion Picture Magazine
Jul 1922
p. 82.
Moving Picture World
15 Apr 1922.
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Photodramatist
Dec 1922
p. 14.
Variety
9 Jun 1922
p. 61.
Variety
6 Oct 1922
p. 40.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Black Orchids
The Black Orchid
Release Date:
6 November 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: week of 1 October 1922
Production Date:
late April--June 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 November 1922
Copyright Number:
LP18406
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,800
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

To teach his capricious daughter, Jacqueline, the dangers of faithlessness, novelist Léon de Séverac reads her his latest story: In maneuvering for the favors of Zareda, a captivating Parisian adventuress, Baron de Maupin sends his son, Ivan, to war and takes the poison he intended for the Marquis Ferroni. Zareda marries the marquis, but she causes him to duel with Ivan, her true love, when Ivan returns. Ferroni is vanquished but lives long enough to imprison Zareda and kill Ivan. Jacqueline is impressed by this story and accepts her faithful suitor, ... +


To teach his capricious daughter, Jacqueline, the dangers of faithlessness, novelist Léon de Séverac reads her his latest story: In maneuvering for the favors of Zareda, a captivating Parisian adventuress, Baron de Maupin sends his son, Ivan, to war and takes the poison he intended for the Marquis Ferroni. Zareda marries the marquis, but she causes him to duel with Ivan, her true love, when Ivan returns. Ferroni is vanquished but lives long enough to imprison Zareda and kill Ivan. Jacqueline is impressed by this story and accepts her faithful suitor, Henri. +

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