Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl (1926)

Melodrama | 19 December 1926

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writer:

Gertrude Orr

Cinematographer:

Abe Fried

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

According to some reviews of the film and the 1906 play, the play may have been based, at least in part, on an 1871 drama by Charles Foster. Other sources suggest that the character of "Bertha" first appeared in a serialized story in The New York Weekly newspaper in the 1860s. "Bertha the Sewing Machine Girl also became a generic term applied to young women who worked in factories in the late 19th and early 20th ... More Less

According to some reviews of the film and the 1906 play, the play may have been based, at least in part, on an 1871 drama by Charles Foster. Other sources suggest that the character of "Bertha" first appeared in a serialized story in The New York Weekly newspaper in the 1860s. "Bertha the Sewing Machine Girl also became a generic term applied to young women who worked in factories in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
16 Jan 1927.
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New York Times
4 Jan 1927
p. 21.
Variety
5 Jan 1927
p. 16.
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl by Theodore Kremer (New York, 13 Aug 1906).
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 December 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 December 1926
Copyright Number:
LP23469
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,245
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bertha Sloan loses her job as a sewing-machine girl and subsequently is employed as telephone girl with a lingerie manufacturing company. Bertha falls in love with the assistant shipping clerk, Roy Davis, and soon is promoted to chief model for the firm, owing to the patronage of Morton, the wealthy and dastardly manager. Bertha is about to take a position in Paris as designer when Morton lures her to his home. He takes her aboard his yacht, but she is rescued in the nick of time in a thrilling motorboat chase by Roy--who, it develops, is the real owner of the ... +


Bertha Sloan loses her job as a sewing-machine girl and subsequently is employed as telephone girl with a lingerie manufacturing company. Bertha falls in love with the assistant shipping clerk, Roy Davis, and soon is promoted to chief model for the firm, owing to the patronage of Morton, the wealthy and dastardly manager. Bertha is about to take a position in Paris as designer when Morton lures her to his home. He takes her aboard his yacht, but she is rescued in the nick of time in a thrilling motorboat chase by Roy--who, it develops, is the real owner of the company. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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