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A studio chart in the 16 Apr 1921 Camera noted that Fanny Herself, the working title of No Woman Knows, was in the third week of production.
       According to the 18 Jun 1921 Moving Picture Weekly, a replica of one of the large offices of Sears-Roebuck Company in Chicago, IL, was constructed at Universal City.
       The 9 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News noted that director Tod Browning had finished Fanny Herself, and turned it over to editor Frank Lawrence.
       The print of this film viewed at Cinecon in Hollywood was missing two reels. The missing section presumably contained the events surrounding the death of the ... More Less

A studio chart in the 16 Apr 1921 Camera noted that Fanny Herself, the working title of No Woman Knows, was in the third week of production.
       According to the 18 Jun 1921 Moving Picture Weekly, a replica of one of the large offices of Sears-Roebuck Company in Chicago, IL, was constructed at Universal City.
       The 9 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News noted that director Tod Browning had finished Fanny Herself, and turned it over to editor Frank Lawrence.
       The print of this film viewed at Cinecon in Hollywood was missing two reels. The missing section presumably contained the events surrounding the death of the father. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
16 Apr 1921
p. 12.
Motion Picture News
9 Jul 1921
p. 382.
Moving Picture Weekly
18 Jun 1921
p. 10.
Wid's
4 Sep 1921.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Fanny Herself
Release Date:
19 September 1921
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 4 September 1921
Production Date:
late March--June 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Manufacturing Co.
Copyright Date:
17 September 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16969
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,031
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Winnebago, Wisconsin, a Jewish family comprising Molly and Ferdinand Brandeis and their two children, Fanny and Theodore, run a modest dry goods store. Theodore is studying violin and auditions for a famous violinist, The Great Schabelitz, who is giving a local concert. Schabelitz is impressed by the boy's talent and recommends that he plan to study in Dresden, Germany. After Ferdinand dies, the family makes many sacrifices to enable Theodore to study in Dresden, where he eventually marries a worthless chorus girl and causes his mother's death from a broken heart. Although she continues to contribute to Theodore's support, Fanny decides to live her own life and moves to Chicago. There she becomes a highly efficient businesswoman in a department store, spurred on by her colleague and admirer Michael Fenger, who is trapped in a loveless marriage. A former school friend, Clarence Hyle, also attempts to woo Fanny. Later, Theodore, who has been deserted by his wife, returns from Europe with his baby daughter and comes to live with Fanny. When he eventually becomes a successful performer, he leaves Fanny a message saying that he is returning to his wife. After so much self-sacrifice, Fanny decides to live only for herself and is about to sail to Honolulu with Fenger when Clarence makes her realize that her true happiness lies with ... +


In Winnebago, Wisconsin, a Jewish family comprising Molly and Ferdinand Brandeis and their two children, Fanny and Theodore, run a modest dry goods store. Theodore is studying violin and auditions for a famous violinist, The Great Schabelitz, who is giving a local concert. Schabelitz is impressed by the boy's talent and recommends that he plan to study in Dresden, Germany. After Ferdinand dies, the family makes many sacrifices to enable Theodore to study in Dresden, where he eventually marries a worthless chorus girl and causes his mother's death from a broken heart. Although she continues to contribute to Theodore's support, Fanny decides to live her own life and moves to Chicago. There she becomes a highly efficient businesswoman in a department store, spurred on by her colleague and admirer Michael Fenger, who is trapped in a loveless marriage. A former school friend, Clarence Hyle, also attempts to woo Fanny. Later, Theodore, who has been deserted by his wife, returns from Europe with his baby daughter and comes to live with Fanny. When he eventually becomes a successful performer, he leaves Fanny a message saying that he is returning to his wife. After so much self-sacrifice, Fanny decides to live only for herself and is about to sail to Honolulu with Fenger when Clarence makes her realize that her true happiness lies with him. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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