A Fighting Colleen (1919)

Drama | 22 November 1919

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HISTORY

The 23 Aug 1919 Motion Picture News reported that director David Smith was shooting the final scenes for Bessie Love’s latest starring vehicle, provisionally titled Love at First Fight. The 20 Sep 1919 issue noted that principal photography had taken place at Vitagraph Co. of America’s Los Angeles, CA, studios. At least one source credited Sam Taylor as co-scenarist.
According to the 27 Sep 1919 Motion Picture News, the title was officially changed to A Fighting Colleen because it was assumed that the working title would be misquoted as Love at First Sight.
       The picture made its New York City debut on 5 Nov 1919 at Loew’s New York Theatre, followed by a general release on 22 Nov 1919. Reviews in the 16 Nov 1919 Wid’s Daily and 28 Nov 1919 Var were favorable, although both agreed that Bessie Love was carrying the film. A letter appearing in the Jun 1921 Photoplay questioned the logic of a scene in which Love carried a large chunk of ice for several blocks, yet it never melted.
       The scenario was adapted by Mary Denham Monroe as a short story for the Dec 1919 Picture-Play.
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The 23 Aug 1919 Motion Picture News reported that director David Smith was shooting the final scenes for Bessie Love’s latest starring vehicle, provisionally titled Love at First Fight. The 20 Sep 1919 issue noted that principal photography had taken place at Vitagraph Co. of America’s Los Angeles, CA, studios. At least one source credited Sam Taylor as co-scenarist.
According to the 27 Sep 1919 Motion Picture News, the title was officially changed to A Fighting Colleen because it was assumed that the working title would be misquoted as Love at First Sight.
       The picture made its New York City debut on 5 Nov 1919 at Loew’s New York Theatre, followed by a general release on 22 Nov 1919. Reviews in the 16 Nov 1919 Wid’s Daily and 28 Nov 1919 Var were favorable, although both agreed that Bessie Love was carrying the film. A letter appearing in the Jun 1921 Photoplay questioned the logic of a scene in which Love carried a large chunk of ice for several blocks, yet it never melted.
       The scenario was adapted by Mary Denham Monroe as a short story for the Dec 1919 Picture-Play.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
20 Sep 1919
p. 1405
Exhibitors Trade Review
4 Oct 1919
p. 1601
Exhibitors Trade Review
15 Nov 1919
p. 2061
Motion Picture News
23 Aug 1919
p. 1665
Motion Picture News
20 Sep 1919
p. 2434
Motion Picture News
27 Sep 1919
p. 2619
Motion Picture News
22 Nov 1919
p. 3789
Motion Picture News
10 Jan 1920
p. 684
Moving Picture World
22 Nov 1919
p. 455
Photoplay
Jun 1921
p. 69
Picture-Play
Dec 1919
p. 45
Variety
28 Nov 1919
p. 57
Wid's Daily
3 Nov 1919
p. 4
Wid's Daily
16 Nov 1919
p. 23
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Love at First Fight
Release Date:
22 November 1919
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 5 Nov 1919
Production Date:
ended Aug 1919
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Vitagraph Co. of America.
27 September 1919
LP14244
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Alannah "Shrimpy" Malone, a spunky young Irish immigrant, sells newspapers to help her widowed mother support the family. After learning that the manager of her tenement house is collecting graft for the crooked mayor, Shrimpy and her boyfriend, Jimmy Meehan, assist the crusading district attorney with proving the mayor’s guilt. As a reward, Shrimpy and Jimmy are appointed superintendents of a municipal ...

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Alannah "Shrimpy" Malone, a spunky young Irish immigrant, sells newspapers to help her widowed mother support the family. After learning that the manager of her tenement house is collecting graft for the crooked mayor, Shrimpy and her boyfriend, Jimmy Meehan, assist the crusading district attorney with proving the mayor’s guilt. As a reward, Shrimpy and Jimmy are appointed superintendents of a municipal restaurant.

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