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Five Thousand an Hour marked the screen debut of actor Gilbert Douglas, as noted in the 5 Oct 1918 Motion Picture News. Lucille Lee Stewart’s casting was announced in the 3 Aug 1918 Var, which reported that production was set to begin “at once.” According to an item in the 12 Oct 1918 Motion Picture News, filming took place in New York City. For views of Trinity Church on Broadway, director Ralph W. Ince gained permission from the financial firm Harriman & Company to shoot from inside its offices, which were located across the street from Trinity. Location shooting also took place at the Saratoga and Belmont racetracks in Saratoga Springs, NY, and Elmont, NY, respectively.
       A release date of 31 Oct 1918 was originally scheduled, as noted in the 28 Sep 1918 Moving Picture World. However, the release was delayed until 25 Nov 1918. On 24 Nov 1918, an advertisement in the New York Tribune indicated that the film opened that day at Loew’s New York Theatre. Shortly after, a review in the 7 Dec 1918 Motion Picture News pointed out “several technical errors in the direction and wording of titles.”
       A list of suggested music cues for the film, selected and compiled by Max Winkler, was published in the 25 Jan 1919 Motion Picture News.
       As of Oct 2019, the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films. ...

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Five Thousand an Hour marked the screen debut of actor Gilbert Douglas, as noted in the 5 Oct 1918 Motion Picture News. Lucille Lee Stewart’s casting was announced in the 3 Aug 1918 Var, which reported that production was set to begin “at once.” According to an item in the 12 Oct 1918 Motion Picture News, filming took place in New York City. For views of Trinity Church on Broadway, director Ralph W. Ince gained permission from the financial firm Harriman & Company to shoot from inside its offices, which were located across the street from Trinity. Location shooting also took place at the Saratoga and Belmont racetracks in Saratoga Springs, NY, and Elmont, NY, respectively.
       A release date of 31 Oct 1918 was originally scheduled, as noted in the 28 Sep 1918 Moving Picture World. However, the release was delayed until 25 Nov 1918. On 24 Nov 1918, an advertisement in the New York Tribune indicated that the film opened that day at Loew’s New York Theatre. Shortly after, a review in the 7 Dec 1918 Motion Picture News pointed out “several technical errors in the direction and wording of titles.”
       A list of suggested music cues for the film, selected and compiled by Max Winkler, was published in the 25 Jan 1919 Motion Picture News.
       As of Oct 2019, the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Motography
5 Oct 1918
p. 30
Exhibitors Herald and Motography
30 Nov 1918
p. 2
Exhibitors Herald and Motography
21 Dec 1918
p. 51
Exhibitors Trade Review
7 Dec 1918
p. 72
Motion Picture News
5 Oct 1918
p. 2211
Motion Picture News
12 Oct 1918
p. 2388
Motion Picture News
30 Nov 1918
p. 3245
Motion Picture News
7 Dec 1918
p. 3421
Motion Picture News
21 Dec 1918
p. 3762
Motion Picture News
25 Jan 1919
p. 595
Moving Picture World
23 Nov 1918
p. 859
Moving Picture World
15 Feb 1918
p. 50
Moving Picture World
28 Sep 1918
p. 1896
Moving Picture World
5 Oct 1918
p. 102
Moving Picture World
19 Oct 1918
p. 460
Moving Picture World
7 Dec 1918
pp. 1118-1119
Moving Picture World
28 Dec 1918
p. 1575
New York Tribune
24 Nov 1918
p. 38
NYDM
7 Dec 1918
p. 846
Passaic Daily News [Passaic, NJ]
25 Nov 1918
p. 3
Variety
6 Dec 1918
p. 39
Wid's
1 Dec 1918
pp. 29-30
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 November 1918
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 24 Nov 1918; Passaic, NJ, opening: 25 Nov 1918
Production Date:
ca. Sep 1918
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro Pictures Corp.
25 November 1918
LP13085
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After his business partner, Paul Gresham, absconds with the company funds and books, Johnny Gamble's irrigation company folds, leaving him to pay his stockholders their claims. After parting with his last dollar, Johnny wins $15,000 on a long shot at the racetrack and meets the beautiful Constance Joy. When Johnny learns that Constance will inherit one million dollars if she weds Gresham at the end of six weeks, he decides to earn the same amount -- $5,000 an hour -- by that date and marry her himself. Despite Gresham's efforts to double-cross him, Johnny succeeds in earning all but $15,000 of the required million by the appointed time. With fifteen minutes left him, Johnny purchases a kiss from Constance for $15,000, thereby defeating Gresham and winning the girl he ...

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After his business partner, Paul Gresham, absconds with the company funds and books, Johnny Gamble's irrigation company folds, leaving him to pay his stockholders their claims. After parting with his last dollar, Johnny wins $15,000 on a long shot at the racetrack and meets the beautiful Constance Joy. When Johnny learns that Constance will inherit one million dollars if she weds Gresham at the end of six weeks, he decides to earn the same amount -- $5,000 an hour -- by that date and marry her himself. Despite Gresham's efforts to double-cross him, Johnny succeeds in earning all but $15,000 of the required million by the appointed time. With fifteen minutes left him, Johnny purchases a kiss from Constance for $15,000, thereby defeating Gresham and winning the girl he loves.

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Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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