The Worldly Madonna (1922)

Melodrama | 1922

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HISTORY

According to the 19 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review, director Harry Garson had recently arrived on the West Coast to begin production in ten day’s time on the latest Clara Kimball Young project for Equity Pictures, at Garson Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Fully decorated miniatures of the sets were currently being made in preparation on the yet-to-be-named film.
       The 31 Dec 1921 Motion Picture News reported that production was “very much” underway. On 28 Jan 1922, Moving Picture World stated that the independent picture was in its eighth week of production at Garson Studios. The news item referred to the film as The Modern Madonna, but this may have been a misprint, as another film, based on Caroline Abbot Stanley’s 1906 novel A Modern Madonna, was in production around the same time. That picture later changed its title to The Forgotten Law (1922, see entry).
       Referring to the picture as The Worldly Madonna, the 8 Apr 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that Equity Pictures was currently booking the film on the independent market.
       The 27 May 1922 Exhibitors Herald praised the performance of Clara Kimball Young, but deemed the story ... More Less

According to the 19 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review, director Harry Garson had recently arrived on the West Coast to begin production in ten day’s time on the latest Clara Kimball Young project for Equity Pictures, at Garson Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Fully decorated miniatures of the sets were currently being made in preparation on the yet-to-be-named film.
       The 31 Dec 1921 Motion Picture News reported that production was “very much” underway. On 28 Jan 1922, Moving Picture World stated that the independent picture was in its eighth week of production at Garson Studios. The news item referred to the film as The Modern Madonna, but this may have been a misprint, as another film, based on Caroline Abbot Stanley’s 1906 novel A Modern Madonna, was in production around the same time. That picture later changed its title to The Forgotten Law (1922, see entry).
       Referring to the picture as The Worldly Madonna, the 8 Apr 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that Equity Pictures was currently booking the film on the independent market.
       The 27 May 1922 Exhibitors Herald praised the performance of Clara Kimball Young, but deemed the story unconvincing. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
27 May 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
19 Nov 1921.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
8 Apr 1922.
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Film Daily
16 Jul 1922.
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Motion Picture News
31 Dec 1921.
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Moving Picture World
28 Jan 1922.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1922
Premiere Information:
release: 15 April or 1 May 1922
Production Date:
late November 1921--early 1922
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,500
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Janet Trevor, a convent novitiate, agrees to exchange places with her twin, cabaret dancer Lucy Trevor, who believes that she has killed politician John McBride. With her gentle manner, Janet achieves some success as a performer and falls in love with McBride when he recovers from his wound. Restaurateur Alan Graves tries to implicate McBride and Janet in the murder of Toni Lorenz (to which Ramez, a hunchback, confesses) and forces a confession of narcotics addiction out of Lucy, but it is revealed that Graves bribed Lorenz to leave the country. Janet finds happiness with McBride, and Lucy finds peace as a ... +


Janet Trevor, a convent novitiate, agrees to exchange places with her twin, cabaret dancer Lucy Trevor, who believes that she has killed politician John McBride. With her gentle manner, Janet achieves some success as a performer and falls in love with McBride when he recovers from his wound. Restaurateur Alan Graves tries to implicate McBride and Janet in the murder of Toni Lorenz (to which Ramez, a hunchback, confesses) and forces a confession of narcotics addiction out of Lucy, but it is revealed that Graves bribed Lorenz to leave the country. Janet finds happiness with McBride, and Lucy finds peace as a nun. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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