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The 20 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News reported that, while Cecil B. De Mille was editing Fool's Paradise, Jeanie Macpherson was writing an original story for his "next offering." Production work on the untitled film was set to begin 15 Aug 1921.
       The 24 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World announced a forthcoming Cecil B. DeMille picture, Saturday Night, written by Jeanie Macpherson, who collaborated on nearly all of DeMille’s pictures at that time. The 1 Oct 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review reported the casting of Conrad Nagel and Jack Mower, and noted that DeMille, as per his “usual custom,” was currently alone in Santa Barbara, CA, studying Macpherson’s story and preparing for production. Filming took place at Lasky Studios, as stated in the 5 Nov 1921 Moving Picture World.
       According to the 29 Oct 1921 Exhibitors Herald, art director Paul Iribe was confined to bed after fracturing his ankle during the filming of a crash sequence that involved a train and an automobile; he slipped on a rock while walking to the scene of the wreckage.
       As reported in the 5 Nov and 12 Nov 1921 Moving Picture World, DeMille planned to set sail for Europe following production for a two-month holiday touring several European countries and North Africa. Although he had intended to depart from New York City on 31 Oct 1921, his trip was postponed until 27 Nov 1921, as additional work was needed to complete Saturday Night. The 26 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that principal photography had been completed some three weeks sooner than other ... More Less

The 20 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News reported that, while Cecil B. De Mille was editing Fool's Paradise, Jeanie Macpherson was writing an original story for his "next offering." Production work on the untitled film was set to begin 15 Aug 1921.
       The 24 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World announced a forthcoming Cecil B. DeMille picture, Saturday Night, written by Jeanie Macpherson, who collaborated on nearly all of DeMille’s pictures at that time. The 1 Oct 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review reported the casting of Conrad Nagel and Jack Mower, and noted that DeMille, as per his “usual custom,” was currently alone in Santa Barbara, CA, studying Macpherson’s story and preparing for production. Filming took place at Lasky Studios, as stated in the 5 Nov 1921 Moving Picture World.
       According to the 29 Oct 1921 Exhibitors Herald, art director Paul Iribe was confined to bed after fracturing his ankle during the filming of a crash sequence that involved a train and an automobile; he slipped on a rock while walking to the scene of the wreckage.
       As reported in the 5 Nov and 12 Nov 1921 Moving Picture World, DeMille planned to set sail for Europe following production for a two-month holiday touring several European countries and North Africa. Although he had intended to depart from New York City on 31 Oct 1921, his trip was postponed until 27 Nov 1921, as additional work was needed to complete Saturday Night. The 26 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review announced that principal photography had been completed some three weeks sooner than other DeMille productions, so the director could begin his holiday as soon as possible. Several weeks of cutting and titling were expected. However, the 17 Dec 1921 Moving Picture World noted that cutting and titling were done in record time for a “special production,” after only twelve days of work. Paul Iribe was reported to be joining the filmmaker on his extended vacation.
       A Moving Picture World film review on 4 Feb 1922 praised the “magnetic cast,” and lauded the film as being “amusing in the extreme.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
29 Oct 1921.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
1 Oct 1921.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
26 Nov 1921.
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Motion Picture News
20 Aug 1921
p. 976.
Moving Picture World
24 Sep 1921.
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Moving Picture World
5 Nov 1921.
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Moving Picture World
12 Nov 1921.
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Moving Picture World
17 Dec 1921.
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Moving Picture World
4 Feb 1922.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
5 February 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: ca22 January 1922
Production Date:
began 15 August 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 January 1922
Copyright Number:
LP17496
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,443
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Iris Van Suydam and Richard Wynbrook Prentiss, a wealthy society couple, are engaged. Iris, however, is attracted to her chauffeur, Tom McGuire, who is in love with her; and Richard meets Shamrock O'Day, beautiful daughter of a washerwoman, and falls in love with her. Consequently, they cancel their engagement, and each marries the partner of his choice. Too late, they discover their inability to adjust to another social set: Tom has difficulty in the world of opera, fashionable cabarets, and concerts of Iris; while Shamrock is ill at ease at a formal dinner party and becomes intoxicated. One night, after a party, Tom and Shamrock sneak off to Coney Island where they become stranded on a Ferris wheel; returning home, they find Richard and Iris awaiting them. Tom declares his love for Shamrock, and a fight between Tom and Dick is interrupted by a fire. Following Iris' rescue by Dick, divorces are obtained; Tom marries Shamrock; and Richard, ... +


Iris Van Suydam and Richard Wynbrook Prentiss, a wealthy society couple, are engaged. Iris, however, is attracted to her chauffeur, Tom McGuire, who is in love with her; and Richard meets Shamrock O'Day, beautiful daughter of a washerwoman, and falls in love with her. Consequently, they cancel their engagement, and each marries the partner of his choice. Too late, they discover their inability to adjust to another social set: Tom has difficulty in the world of opera, fashionable cabarets, and concerts of Iris; while Shamrock is ill at ease at a formal dinner party and becomes intoxicated. One night, after a party, Tom and Shamrock sneak off to Coney Island where they become stranded on a Ferris wheel; returning home, they find Richard and Iris awaiting them. Tom declares his love for Shamrock, and a fight between Tom and Dick is interrupted by a fire. Following Iris' rescue by Dick, divorces are obtained; Tom marries Shamrock; and Richard, Iris. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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