All the Brothers Were Valiant (1923)

Melodrama | 19 January 1923

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HISTORY

The 29 Jul 1922 Moving Picture World announced that principal photography would begin at Metro Studios in Hollywood, CA, within the next three weeks. On 15 Aug 1922, FD reported that scenarist Julien Josephson had completed his adaptation. According to the 23 Sep 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, the title was temporarily changed to Cold Courage. Three days later, the 26 Sep 1922 FD announced that director Irvin I. Willat and thirty-nine cast and crewmembers were on location in San Francisco, CA. The company’s return was reported in the 28 Oct 1922 FD, adding that the group was away for only two weeks. However, the 27 Oct 1922 Var stated that the company spent four weeks on location, followed by interior photography in Hollywood. An item in the 4 Nov 1922 Motion Picture News noted that the company was spending the week shooting exteriors at Balboa Beach, CA. The Mar 1923 Picture-Play printed a letter, purportedly from actress Billie Dove, recounting the adventure to columnist Myrtle Gebhart. Production took place aboard the whaling vessel Carolyn Frances, off the coast of Trinidad, CA. Dove described the slaughter of an exceptionally large humpback whale, which was captured on film for the picture.
       On 22 Dec 1922, AmCin reported that director of photography Robert Kurrie had completing work on the picture. The 30 Dec 1922 Exhibitors Herald noted that Billie Dove was back in Hollywood developing her culinary skills.
       All the Brothers Were Valiant premiered 19 Jan ... More Less

The 29 Jul 1922 Moving Picture World announced that principal photography would begin at Metro Studios in Hollywood, CA, within the next three weeks. On 15 Aug 1922, FD reported that scenarist Julien Josephson had completed his adaptation. According to the 23 Sep 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, the title was temporarily changed to Cold Courage. Three days later, the 26 Sep 1922 FD announced that director Irvin I. Willat and thirty-nine cast and crewmembers were on location in San Francisco, CA. The company’s return was reported in the 28 Oct 1922 FD, adding that the group was away for only two weeks. However, the 27 Oct 1922 Var stated that the company spent four weeks on location, followed by interior photography in Hollywood. An item in the 4 Nov 1922 Motion Picture News noted that the company was spending the week shooting exteriors at Balboa Beach, CA. The Mar 1923 Picture-Play printed a letter, purportedly from actress Billie Dove, recounting the adventure to columnist Myrtle Gebhart. Production took place aboard the whaling vessel Carolyn Frances, off the coast of Trinidad, CA. Dove described the slaughter of an exceptionally large humpback whale, which was captured on film for the picture.
       On 22 Dec 1922, AmCin reported that director of photography Robert Kurrie had completing work on the picture. The 30 Dec 1922 Exhibitors Herald noted that Billie Dove was back in Hollywood developing her culinary skills.
       All the Brothers Were Valiant premiered 19 Jan 1923 at Loew’s State theater in New York City, as reported in the 15 Jan 1923 FD. Although reviews were mixed, audience response was good, due in part to Lon Chaney’s appearance in a starring role.
       M-G-M produced two additional adaptations of Ben Ames Williams' novel: a 1928 production entitled Across to Singapore , directed by William Nigh and starring Ramon Novarro and Joan Crawford, and a 1953 production entitled All the Brothers Were Valiant , directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger and Ann Blyth. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
22 Dec 1922
p. 25.
Exhibitors Herald
30 Dec 1922
p. 73.
Exhibitors Herald
17 Mar 1923
p. 98.
Exhibitors Herald
14 Apr 1923
p. 73.
Exhibitors Herald
16 Jun 1923
p. 57.
Exhibitors Trade Review
23 Sep 1922
p. 1101.
Exhibitors Trade Review
24 Feb 1923
p. 659.
Film Daily
15 Aug 1922
p. 10.
Film Daily
26 Sep 1922
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Sep 1922
p. 4.
Film Daily
28 Oct 1922
p. 2.
Film Daily
1 Nov 1922
p. 5.
Film Daily
15 Jan 1923
p. 4.
Motion Picture News
4 Nov 1922
p. 2274.
Motion Picture News
3 Mar 1923
p. 1077.
Motion Picture News
24 Mar 1923
p. 1470.
Moving Picture World
29 Jul 1922
p. 353.
Picture-Play
Mar 1923
p. 83, 99.
Variety
27 Oct 1922.
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Variety
19 Jan 1923
p. 47.
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel All the Brothers Were Valiant by Ben Ames Williams (New York, 1919).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Cold Courage
Release Date:
19 January 1923
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 19 January 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures
Copyright Date:
10 January 1923
Copyright Number:
LP18742
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,265
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Joel Shore is made captain of the whaling schooner formerly headed by his courageous and admired brother, Mark, who was lost at sea. Accompanied by his bride, who supects Joel to have a cowardly heart, they set sail for a whale hunt. Mark reappears, tells of hidden pearls, and incites the crew to mutiny when Joel refuses to take his ship off course to recover the treasure. Mark finally comes to Joel's aid but falls overboard; Joel unsuccessfully attempts to rescue him; Priscilla acknowledges her husband's ... +


Joel Shore is made captain of the whaling schooner formerly headed by his courageous and admired brother, Mark, who was lost at sea. Accompanied by his bride, who supects Joel to have a cowardly heart, they set sail for a whale hunt. Mark reappears, tells of hidden pearls, and incites the crew to mutiny when Joel refuses to take his ship off course to recover the treasure. Mark finally comes to Joel's aid but falls overboard; Joel unsuccessfully attempts to rescue him; Priscilla acknowledges her husband's heroism. +

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Sub-genre:
Sea


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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