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The scenario was based on the play, The Lifted Veil by Henry Arthur Jones. An article in the 9 October 1920 Motion Picture News noted that Jesse Lasky of Famous Players-Lasky Corp. acquired the property before the author had an opportunity to stage it. He was said to have predicted that stage productions would someday be based on films, rather than the inverse. Months later, the 1 January 1921 Moving Picture World listed the title as an upcoming project for William Randolph Hearst’s Cosmopolitan Productions. The 29 January 1921 Motion Picture News credited Charles Maigne as producer.
       Principal photography began on 30 March 1921 under the direction of William D. Taylor, as stated in the 22 April 1921 Variety. The 30 April 1921 Motion Picture News noted that one of the props used in the film was a newspaper dated 10 February 1921, which included an advertisement for Dewar’s Imperial whiskey. When members of the cast and crew excitedly speculated that Prohibition was being repealed, Taylor informed them that the paper was from Auckland, New Zealand. The close of production was announced in the 23 April 1921 Camera.
       The film was released on 30 October 1921 under the title, Beyond. Openings preceded during the week of 4 September 1921 at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City; during the week of 11 September 1921 at the Portola Theatre in San Francisco, CA; and during the week of 9 October 1921 at Tally’s Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. A review in the 5 September 1921 ...

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The scenario was based on the play, The Lifted Veil by Henry Arthur Jones. An article in the 9 October 1920 Motion Picture News noted that Jesse Lasky of Famous Players-Lasky Corp. acquired the property before the author had an opportunity to stage it. He was said to have predicted that stage productions would someday be based on films, rather than the inverse. Months later, the 1 January 1921 Moving Picture World listed the title as an upcoming project for William Randolph Hearst’s Cosmopolitan Productions. The 29 January 1921 Motion Picture News credited Charles Maigne as producer.
       Principal photography began on 30 March 1921 under the direction of William D. Taylor, as stated in the 22 April 1921 Variety. The 30 April 1921 Motion Picture News noted that one of the props used in the film was a newspaper dated 10 February 1921, which included an advertisement for Dewar’s Imperial whiskey. When members of the cast and crew excitedly speculated that Prohibition was being repealed, Taylor informed them that the paper was from Auckland, New Zealand. The close of production was announced in the 23 April 1921 Camera.
       The film was released on 30 October 1921 under the title, Beyond. Openings preceded during the week of 4 September 1921 at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City; during the week of 11 September 1921 at the Portola Theatre in San Francisco, CA; and during the week of 9 October 1921 at Tally’s Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. A review in the 5 September 1921 [New York City] Tribune found the picture to be problematic, partially because the protagonist was haunted by the ghost of her mother throughout, and partially because any character that interfered with her success was conveniently killed off by the author.
       According to the Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database, this film is extant.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
16 Apr 1921
p. 11
Camera
23 Apr 1921
p. 8
Camera
8 Oct 1921
p. 6
Motion Picture News
9 Oct 1920
p. 2830
Motion Picture News
29 Jan 1921
p. 1050
Motion Picture News
30 Apr 1921
p. 2864
Moving Picture World
1 Jan 1921
p. 5
Moving Picture World
17 Sep 1921
p. 319
MPN Booking Guide
Apr 1922
p. 15
New York Tribune [New York City]
5 Sep 1921
p. 6
San Francisco Examiner [San Francisco, CA]
15 Sep 1921
p. 13
Variety
22 Apr 1921
p. 42
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
William D. Taylor
Dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
James Van Trees
Photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play, The Lifted Veil by Henry Arthur Jones (publication date undetermined).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Lifted Veil
Release Date:
30 October 1921
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 4 Sep 1921; San Francisco opening: week of 11 Sep 1921; Los Angeles opening: week of 9 Oct 1921
Production Date:
late Mar--mid Apr 1921
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
30 October 1921
LP17173
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,248
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In England, Avis Langley promises her dying mother that she will watch over her wayward twin brother, Alec. He disappears shortly before Avis is to wed to Geoffrey Southerne, and the spirit of Mrs. Langley reminds the young woman of her promise. New Zealander Samuel Ackroyd then informs Avis that his daughter, Bessie, is engaged to Alec, who is on a drinking binge. Avis travels to New Zealand, where she facilitates Alec’s reformation and marriage before sailing for home. During the return voyage, the ship catches fire and Avis, the only survivor, is stranded on a small island. Believing that Avis died at sea, Geoffrey marries Viva Newmarch. More than a year later, Avis returns to England but declines to reveal herself to Geoffrey until Viva’s accidental death enables their ...

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In England, Avis Langley promises her dying mother that she will watch over her wayward twin brother, Alec. He disappears shortly before Avis is to wed to Geoffrey Southerne, and the spirit of Mrs. Langley reminds the young woman of her promise. New Zealander Samuel Ackroyd then informs Avis that his daughter, Bessie, is engaged to Alec, who is on a drinking binge. Avis travels to New Zealand, where she facilitates Alec’s reformation and marriage before sailing for home. During the return voyage, the ship catches fire and Avis, the only survivor, is stranded on a small island. Believing that Avis died at sea, Geoffrey marries Viva Newmarch. More than a year later, Avis returns to England but declines to reveal herself to Geoffrey until Viva’s accidental death enables their reunion.

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Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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