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Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson's play Cameo Kirby previously was adapted for the screen in 1914. That version, produced by Jesse L. Lasky for Paramount, starred Dustin Farnum. John Ford directed another silent version for Fox in 1923. That film starred John Gilbert (see entries ... More Less

Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson's play Cameo Kirby previously was adapted for the screen in 1914. That version, produced by Jesse L. Lasky for Paramount, starred Dustin Farnum. John Ford directed another silent version for Fox in 1923. That film starred John Gilbert (see entries above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
9 Feb 1930.
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Life
21 Feb 1930
p. 21.
New York Times
8 Feb 1930
p. 12.
New York Times
16 Feb 1930
p. 5.
Time
24 Feb 1930
p. 24.
Variety
12 Feb 1930
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Incidental mus
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Cameo Kirby by Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson (New York, 20 Dec 1909).
SONGS
"Romance," "After a Million Dreams" and "Home Is Heaven - Heaven is Home," words by Edgar Leslie, music by Walter Donaldson
"Drink to the Girl of My Dreams," words by L. Wolfe Gilbert, music by Abel Baer
"Tankard and Bowl" and "I'm a Peaceful Man," words and music by Fred Strauss and Ed Brady.
COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
12 January 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 November 1929
Copyright Number:
LP924
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,910
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Cameo Kirby, an honest riverboat gambler who works the Mississippi, rescues a girl from a gang of ruffians in New Orleans, but she disappears after he sings her a love song. He later joins up with Moreau, a rival gambler, who is scheming to fleece a cotton planter of his year's receipts. Kirby wins the deed to the planter's property, but the planter kills himself before Kirby can return it. He discovers the planter's daughter to be Adele, the same girl he rescued, but Moreau has previously poisoned her against him. The townspeople threaten to lynch Kirby when he kills Moreau in a duel, but he is exonerated when he produces the deed to the property and wins over the ... +


Cameo Kirby, an honest riverboat gambler who works the Mississippi, rescues a girl from a gang of ruffians in New Orleans, but she disappears after he sings her a love song. He later joins up with Moreau, a rival gambler, who is scheming to fleece a cotton planter of his year's receipts. Kirby wins the deed to the planter's property, but the planter kills himself before Kirby can return it. He discovers the planter's daughter to be Adele, the same girl he rescued, but Moreau has previously poisoned her against him. The townspeople threaten to lynch Kirby when he kills Moreau in a duel, but he is exonerated when he produces the deed to the property and wins over the girl. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

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

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