The Five Dollar Baby (1922)

Comedy-drama | 4 September 1922

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Producer:

Harry Beaumont

Cinematographer:

John Arnold

Production Designer:

A. F. Mantz

Production Company:

Metro Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The 19 Nov 1921 Motion Picture News noted that a large New York set was being built for The Five Dollar Baby, and that the leads had been ... More Less

The 19 Nov 1921 Motion Picture News noted that a large New York set was being built for The Five Dollar Baby, and that the leads had been cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
4 Jun 1922.
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Moving Picture World
10 Jun 1922
p. 581.
Variety
30 Jun 1922
p. 33.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 September 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: ca25 June 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 July 1922
Copyright Number:
LP18123
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,990
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Solitary Kid, a tramp, finds a waif, Ruth, on a doorstep with a note promising a rich reward when the child becomes eighteen. He "hocks" her for $5 with a Jewish pawnbroker, who rears her as his own daughter. When she becomes eighteen, the Solitary Kid learns that his reward is one that he will receive in heaven and tries to blackmail the pawnbroker. Ruth overhears the proposition and informs the police. The Solitary Kid is arrested, and Ruth marries an Irish youth who was her childhood ... +


The Solitary Kid, a tramp, finds a waif, Ruth, on a doorstep with a note promising a rich reward when the child becomes eighteen. He "hocks" her for $5 with a Jewish pawnbroker, who rears her as his own daughter. When she becomes eighteen, the Solitary Kid learns that his reward is one that he will receive in heaven and tries to blackmail the pawnbroker. Ruth overhears the proposition and informs the police. The Solitary Kid is arrested, and Ruth marries an Irish youth who was her childhood sweetheart. +

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Subject (Major):

Legend
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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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