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According to a 5 May 1925 article in the Examiner of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, Butterfly was based on a novel by Kathleen Norris, which was first distributed in 1923 as a serial in the Pictorial Review before its publication in 1924.
       A 19 Apr 1924 Exhibitors Herald news story listed Butterfly as one of nine Universal Pictures projects that had begun filming within the past two weeks. The 7 May 1924 Var reported that Regal Pictures agreed to loan out contract player Margaret Livingston to Universal for the production.
       The picture had its world premiere on 25 Jul 1924, at the recently opened Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. According to the 9 Aug 1924 Exhibitors Trade Review, the event attracted large crowds such that hundreds of filmgoers were turned away. The 28 Jul 1924 FD stated that the engagement at the Forum was expected to run for at least four weeks. ...

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According to a 5 May 1925 article in the Examiner of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, Butterfly was based on a novel by Kathleen Norris, which was first distributed in 1923 as a serial in the Pictorial Review before its publication in 1924.
       A 19 Apr 1924 Exhibitors Herald news story listed Butterfly as one of nine Universal Pictures projects that had begun filming within the past two weeks. The 7 May 1924 Var reported that Regal Pictures agreed to loan out contract player Margaret Livingston to Universal for the production.
       The picture had its world premiere on 25 Jul 1924, at the recently opened Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. According to the 9 Aug 1924 Exhibitors Trade Review, the event attracted large crowds such that hundreds of filmgoers were turned away. The 28 Jul 1924 FD stated that the engagement at the Forum was expected to run for at least four weeks.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Examiner [Launceston, Australia]
5 May 1925
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Exhibitors Herald
19 Apr 1924
p. 30
Exhibitors Trade Review
9 Aug 1924
p. 37
Film Daily
28 Jul 1924
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Variety
7 May 1924
p. 42
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Universal-Jewel
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Butterfly by Kathleen Norris (New York, 1923).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 October 1924
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 25 Jul 1924
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures
12 August 1924
LP20496
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,472
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Hilary Collier sacrifices her own career to support the musical education of her younger sister, Dora (Butterfly), even giving up the man she loves to her precocious charge. When Dora decides to leave her husband for an eminent musician, Kronski--who is in love with Hilary--bitter conflict ensues; but disaster is averted when an unexpected event reunites Dora with Craig, leaving Hilary free to marry the ...

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Hilary Collier sacrifices her own career to support the musical education of her younger sister, Dora (Butterfly), even giving up the man she loves to her precocious charge. When Dora decides to leave her husband for an eminent musician, Kronski--who is in love with Hilary--bitter conflict ensues; but disaster is averted when an unexpected event reunites Dora with Craig, leaving Hilary free to marry the musician.

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Subject
Subject (Major):

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

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