Sis Hopkins (1919)

Comedy | 16 February 1919

Director:

Clarence G. Badger

Production Designer:

Hugo Ballin

Production Company:

Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The character of "Sis Hopkins" as portrayed by Rose Melville, first appeared in the theatrical play Zeb in the late 1800's. In 1894, Melville recreated the role in another play, Little Christopher , and eventually built a vaudeville sketch around Sis called "Sis Hopkin's Visit." The continued popularity of the character then prompted Melville to have a three-act theatrical play, Sis Hopkins , written for her. Melville, who played Sis in a Kalem short film in 1916 called She Came, She Saw, She Conquered , worked as a consultant to Mabel Normand during the filming of Sis Hopkins , and gave her the same pair of "eccentric stockings" that she wore as Sis on the stage. According to a press release, Hugo Ballin's dog played Sis Hopkin's pet in the production. Some scenes were shot in the San Fernando Valley in ... More Less

The character of "Sis Hopkins" as portrayed by Rose Melville, first appeared in the theatrical play Zeb in the late 1800's. In 1894, Melville recreated the role in another play, Little Christopher , and eventually built a vaudeville sketch around Sis called "Sis Hopkin's Visit." The continued popularity of the character then prompted Melville to have a three-act theatrical play, Sis Hopkins , written for her. Melville, who played Sis in a Kalem short film in 1916 called She Came, She Saw, She Conquered , worked as a consultant to Mabel Normand during the filming of Sis Hopkins , and gave her the same pair of "eccentric stockings" that she wore as Sis on the stage. According to a press release, Hugo Ballin's dog played Sis Hopkin's pet in the production. Some scenes were shot in the San Fernando Valley in California. More Less

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DATE
PAGE
ETR
15 Mar 19
p. 1143.
MPN
18 Jan 19
p. 393.
MPN
8 Feb 19
p. 805.
MPN
25 Feb 16
p. 23.
MPN
15 Mar 19
p. 1714.
MPW
15 Mar 19
p. 1525.
New York Times
3 Mar 19
p. 11.
Variety
7 Mar 19
p. 67.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Sis Hopkins by Frank Finzey (Buffalo, NY, 11 Sep 1899).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
16 February 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 January 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13343
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Coarse country girl Sis Hopkins and general store clerk Ridy Scarboro are so engrossed in their dalliance that a basket is overturned and a large can of oil spills into a pool, creating a slow leak. Wealthy villager Vibert thus becomes convinced that Sis's farm is located on a pocket of oil, and he schemes to gain control of the property by marrying Sis. Vibert sends her to a young woman's seminary for refinement. Sis creates chaos in the school and is a problem for principal Miss Peckover. Vibert eventually realizes Sis will never measure up to his standards for a wife. Ridy, who has been jealous, is overjoyed when Sis returns home. Vibert entices Pa Hopkins into selling the property for a small amount, but Sis shrewdly succeeds in tripling the price. Finally Vibert discovers the can in which he has invested so ... +


Coarse country girl Sis Hopkins and general store clerk Ridy Scarboro are so engrossed in their dalliance that a basket is overturned and a large can of oil spills into a pool, creating a slow leak. Wealthy villager Vibert thus becomes convinced that Sis's farm is located on a pocket of oil, and he schemes to gain control of the property by marrying Sis. Vibert sends her to a young woman's seminary for refinement. Sis creates chaos in the school and is a problem for principal Miss Peckover. Vibert eventually realizes Sis will never measure up to his standards for a wife. Ridy, who has been jealous, is overjoyed when Sis returns home. Vibert entices Pa Hopkins into selling the property for a small amount, but Sis shrewdly succeeds in tripling the price. Finally Vibert discovers the can in which he has invested so heavily. +

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