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A news item in the 14 Dec 1919 [Akron, OH] Akron Evening Times announced that producer Jesse D. Hampton had purchased screen rights to F. Hopkinson Smith’s 1915 novel, Felix O’Day. Roughly three months later, the 7 Mar 1920 LAT reported that filming was scheduled to begin shortly. The 30 Apr 1920 Var noted that shooting took place at Jesse D. Hampton Productions’ studio in Hollywood, CA. Production was completed by mid-Apr 1920, as noted in the 15 Apr 1920 LAT.
       A general release date of 12 Sep 1920 was announced in the 11 Sep 1920 issues of Motion Picture News and Moving Picture World. An earlier release was scheduled to take place on 9 Sep 1920 at Loew’s New York Theatre in New York City, and the following day at the Liberty Theater in Roseburg, OR, according to the 4 Sep 1920 Wid’s Daily and 9 Sep 1920 [Roseburg, OR] News-Review, respectively.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included Felix O’Day on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2019. ...

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A news item in the 14 Dec 1919 [Akron, OH] Akron Evening Times announced that producer Jesse D. Hampton had purchased screen rights to F. Hopkinson Smith’s 1915 novel, Felix O’Day. Roughly three months later, the 7 Mar 1920 LAT reported that filming was scheduled to begin shortly. The 30 Apr 1920 Var noted that shooting took place at Jesse D. Hampton Productions’ studio in Hollywood, CA. Production was completed by mid-Apr 1920, as noted in the 15 Apr 1920 LAT.
       A general release date of 12 Sep 1920 was announced in the 11 Sep 1920 issues of Motion Picture News and Moving Picture World. An earlier release was scheduled to take place on 9 Sep 1920 at Loew’s New York Theatre in New York City, and the following day at the Liberty Theater in Roseburg, OR, according to the 4 Sep 1920 Wid’s Daily and 9 Sep 1920 [Roseburg, OR] News-Review, respectively.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included Felix O’Day on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2019.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Akron Evening Times [Akron, OH]
14 Dec 1919
p. 12
Akron Evening Times [Akron, OH]
20 Aug 1920
p. 11
Bridgeport Times [Bridgeport, CT]
22 Sep 1920
p. 13
Camera
17 Apr 1920
p. 5
Camera
14 Aug 1920
p. 5
Camera
27 Nov 1920
p. 3
Chat [Brooklyn, NY]
11 Sep 1920
p. 62
Des Moines Register [Des Moines, IA]
25 Apr 1920
p. 27
Exhibitors Herald
14 Aug 1920
p. 49
Exhibitors Trade Review
18 Sep 1920
p. 1717
Los Angeles Times
7 Mar 1920
p. 44
Los Angeles Times
15 Apr 1920
p. 30
Los Angeles Times
13 Jun 1920
p. 42
Los Angeles Times
29 Nov 1920
p. 24
Motion Picture News
4 Sep 1920
p. 1893
Motion Picture News
11 Sep 1920
p. 2085
Motion Picture News
18 Sep 1920
p. 2317
Motion Picture News
2 Oct 1920
p. 2700
Motion Picture News
9 Oct 1920
p. 2831
Moving Picture World
11 Sep 1920
p. 237
Moving Picture World
17 Sep 1920
p. 35
Moving Picture World
18 Sep 1920
p. 390
Moving Picture World
25 Sep 1920
p. 481
New York Morning Telegraph
31 Oct 1920
p. 27
News-Review [Roseburg, OR]
9 Sep 1920
p. 4
Oregon Daily Journal [Portland, OR]
3 Sep 1920
p. 10
Photoplay
Dec 1920
p. 123
Star Publications [Chicago, IL]
16 Sep 1920
p. 4
Star-Gazette [Elmira, NY]
14 Jun 1920
p. 11
Variety
30 Apr 1920
p. 44
Variety
17 Sep 1920
p. 35
Wid's Daily
20 Mar 1920
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Wid's Daily
11 Aug 1920
p. 4
Wid's Daily
4 Sep 1920
p. 4
Wid's Daily
12 Sep 1920
p. 4
CAST
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Felix O'Day by F. Hopkinson Smith (New York, 1915).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
12 September 1920
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 9 Sep 1920; Roseburg, OR, opening: 10 Sep 1920
Production Date:
Mar--Apr 1920
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Pathé Exchange, Inc.
6 August 1920
LU15407
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,729
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Felix O'Day lives to fulfill but one ambition: to exact revenge upon Austin Bennett, the man who stole his wife Barbara and caused his father's death. Felix pursues Bennett to New York City where his search leads him to an antique shop owned by Jules Borney. During one of Felix's visits, Borney is attacked and robbed by Bennett who then escapes. Felix agrees to manage the shop during the old man's recovery and begins to fall in love with the shopkeeper's daughter Annette. One day Felix sees his wife Barbara pass the shop and, shocked by her life of poverty, follows her to her lover. As Bennett attempts to escape Felix's wrath, he falls to his death. Felix returns to care for his sickly wife, who dies soon after. Right before her death, Barbara bids Felix to marry Annette, whom he ...

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Felix O'Day lives to fulfill but one ambition: to exact revenge upon Austin Bennett, the man who stole his wife Barbara and caused his father's death. Felix pursues Bennett to New York City where his search leads him to an antique shop owned by Jules Borney. During one of Felix's visits, Borney is attacked and robbed by Bennett who then escapes. Felix agrees to manage the shop during the old man's recovery and begins to fall in love with the shopkeeper's daughter Annette. One day Felix sees his wife Barbara pass the shop and, shocked by her life of poverty, follows her to her lover. As Bennett attempts to escape Felix's wrath, he falls to his death. Felix returns to care for his sickly wife, who dies soon after. Right before her death, Barbara bids Felix to marry Annette, whom he loves.

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