The Girl of the Golden West (1915)

Western | 4 January 1915

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HISTORY

Blanche Bates and Frank Keenan starred in the stage production.
       Much of the film was shot at the then-new Lasky ranch. DeMille wrote in his autobiography that the film was shot in eight days, and that some filming was done near Mt. Palomar in San Diego County.
       An item in the 21 Nov 1914 Moving Picture World noted that actor House Peter was “now at work in the role of Rammerez” in Girl of the Golden West, which DeMille “is producing in Hollywood.”
       According to modern sources, DeMille was the film editor, as well as the director. The film was re-released by the Famous Players-Lasky Corp. in their Success Series on 15 Sep 1918. Giacomo Puccini composed an opera based on the play, entitled La Fanciulla Del West, with libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, which premiered on 10 Dec 1910 in New York. Associated First National Pictures released a film with the same title from the same source on 3 May 1923. Edwin Carewe directed, and Sylvia Breamer, J. Warren Kerrigan and Russell Simpson starred in it (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2098). First National Pictures released a sound film with the same title from the same source on 12 Oct 1930, directed by John Francis Dillon and starring Ann Harding, James Rennie and Harry Bannister (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2099). M-G-M released an operetta with the same title from the same source in Mar 1938, directed by Robert Z. Leonard, and starring Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and Walter Pidgeon. ...

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Blanche Bates and Frank Keenan starred in the stage production.
       Much of the film was shot at the then-new Lasky ranch. DeMille wrote in his autobiography that the film was shot in eight days, and that some filming was done near Mt. Palomar in San Diego County.
       An item in the 21 Nov 1914 Moving Picture World noted that actor House Peter was “now at work in the role of Rammerez” in Girl of the Golden West, which DeMille “is producing in Hollywood.”
       According to modern sources, DeMille was the film editor, as well as the director. The film was re-released by the Famous Players-Lasky Corp. in their Success Series on 15 Sep 1918. Giacomo Puccini composed an opera based on the play, entitled La Fanciulla Del West, with libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, which premiered on 10 Dec 1910 in New York. Associated First National Pictures released a film with the same title from the same source on 3 May 1923. Edwin Carewe directed, and Sylvia Breamer, J. Warren Kerrigan and Russell Simpson starred in it (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2098). First National Pictures released a sound film with the same title from the same source on 12 Oct 1930, directed by John Francis Dillon and starring Ann Harding, James Rennie and Harry Bannister (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2099). M-G-M released an operetta with the same title from the same source in Mar 1938, directed by Robert Z. Leonard, and starring Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and Walter Pidgeon.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motography
2 Jan 1915
p. 12
Motography
16 Jan 1915
p. 96
Motography
23 Jan 1915
p. 152
Moving Picture World
21 Nov 1914
p. 1099
Moving Picture World
16 Jan 1915
p. 381, 432
MPN
7 Aug 1915
p. 1074
MPN
9 Jan 1915
p. 51, 57
MPN
16 Jan 1915
p. 43
NYDM
13 Jan 1915
p. 28
Variety
8 Jan 1915
p. 23
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco (New York, 14 Nov 1905).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 January 1915
Production Date:
Nov 1914
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co, Inc.
30 December 1914
LU4071
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In the gold rush days of '49, an orphaned saloonkeeper in the California mining town of Cloudy, likes big-hearted sheriff Jack Rance, formerly a New Orleans gambler, better than any of her many suitors. After Ramerrez, the notorious head of a Mexican outlaw band, who really is a city-bred man named Johnson, is slightly wounded while robbing a stage, the Girl rides by and binds his wound with her bonnet string. Later, Ramerrez refrains from robbing her saloon, where she keeps the miners' gold hidden, when he learns that she is the owner. After she dissuades Rance from arresting him, Ramerrez accepts her invitation to supper and spends the night in her cabin because of a blizzard. The next morning, Rance shoots Ramerrez when he leaves. After the Girl offers to play cards with Rance for Ramerrez' freedom, with the understanding that if she loses, Rance will win her, she wins by cheating and nurses Ramerrez to health. He is later captured and about to be hanged when the Girl tells the townsfolk of the card game and wins his freedom. Rance becomes a drunkard and the Girl leaves town with Ramerrez to begin a new ...

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In the gold rush days of '49, an orphaned saloonkeeper in the California mining town of Cloudy, likes big-hearted sheriff Jack Rance, formerly a New Orleans gambler, better than any of her many suitors. After Ramerrez, the notorious head of a Mexican outlaw band, who really is a city-bred man named Johnson, is slightly wounded while robbing a stage, the Girl rides by and binds his wound with her bonnet string. Later, Ramerrez refrains from robbing her saloon, where she keeps the miners' gold hidden, when he learns that she is the owner. After she dissuades Rance from arresting him, Ramerrez accepts her invitation to supper and spends the night in her cabin because of a blizzard. The next morning, Rance shoots Ramerrez when he leaves. After the Girl offers to play cards with Rance for Ramerrez' freedom, with the understanding that if she loses, Rance will win her, she wins by cheating and nurses Ramerrez to health. He is later captured and about to be hanged when the Girl tells the townsfolk of the card game and wins his freedom. Rance becomes a drunkard and the Girl leaves town with Ramerrez to begin a new life.

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