Daughters of the Night (1924)

Melodrama | 9 November 1924

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Crossed Wires. Copyright records credit R. T. Barrett with the story, while other sources credit Willard Robertson.
       The review in the 13 Dec 1924 Moving Picture World refers to “a number of shots of a training school for operators, of lineman at work climbing poles and repairing wires[,] and in fact the telephone plays a vital part in the story.” These telephone scenes were “effective,” and audiences “unfamiliar with the inside of this great industry” would probably find them interesting.
       Actress Alyce Mills told the Jul 1926 Motion Picture Classic that she was working as a film extra when director Elmer Clifton offered her the lead in Daughters of the Night. ... More Less

The working title of this film was Crossed Wires. Copyright records credit R. T. Barrett with the story, while other sources credit Willard Robertson.
       The review in the 13 Dec 1924 Moving Picture World refers to “a number of shots of a training school for operators, of lineman at work climbing poles and repairing wires[,] and in fact the telephone plays a vital part in the story.” These telephone scenes were “effective,” and audiences “unfamiliar with the inside of this great industry” would probably find them interesting.
       Actress Alyce Mills told the Jul 1926 Motion Picture Classic that she was working as a film extra when director Elmer Clifton offered her the lead in Daughters of the Night.
More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture Classic
Jul 1926
p. 77.
Moving Picture World
13 Dec 1924
p. 626.
Visual Education
Dec 1924
p. 455, 456.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Crossed Wires
Release Date:
9 November 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 October 1924
Copyright Number:
LP20722
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,470 , 5,740
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Wild brothers Jimmy and Billy Roberts are disinherited by their wealthy father after being arrested for street brawling. Jimmy joins his crook friends, while Billy abandons his dissolute ways and gets a job as a telephone lineman in the town of Midvale. There, he falls in love with telephone operator Betty Blair, but her grandmother demands that she marry a rich lawyer named Kilmaster. The lawyer becomes jealous of Billy, and when he discovers that a private detective has been asking questions about the lineman, he spreads rumors that Billy is a criminal character. Meanwhile, by coincidence, Jimmy and his pals arrive in Midvale, cut a local bank’s telephone wires, and rob it. When Billy hurries to the bank to repair the wires, he discovers which way the robbers have fled and alerts police. Jimmy, meanwhile, becomes separate from his gang during the getaway and ducks into the telephone building, which is on fire because a stray bullet fired during the nearby bank robbery broke a lamp. Jimmy and Betty become trapped in separate rooms. Jimmy telephones his ailing mother long distance with a final message before a wall caves in on him. When Billy telephones Betty with the message that the gang has been cornered in the next town, she tells him she is trapped in the fire. Jumping on his motorcycle, Billy rushes to the telephone building and carries the unconscious Betty to safety. He learns that his father, who found him through the private detective, wants to help him financially, but Billy turns down the offer, happy to be the breadwinner in his marriage to Betty. ... +


Wild brothers Jimmy and Billy Roberts are disinherited by their wealthy father after being arrested for street brawling. Jimmy joins his crook friends, while Billy abandons his dissolute ways and gets a job as a telephone lineman in the town of Midvale. There, he falls in love with telephone operator Betty Blair, but her grandmother demands that she marry a rich lawyer named Kilmaster. The lawyer becomes jealous of Billy, and when he discovers that a private detective has been asking questions about the lineman, he spreads rumors that Billy is a criminal character. Meanwhile, by coincidence, Jimmy and his pals arrive in Midvale, cut a local bank’s telephone wires, and rob it. When Billy hurries to the bank to repair the wires, he discovers which way the robbers have fled and alerts police. Jimmy, meanwhile, becomes separate from his gang during the getaway and ducks into the telephone building, which is on fire because a stray bullet fired during the nearby bank robbery broke a lamp. Jimmy and Betty become trapped in separate rooms. Jimmy telephones his ailing mother long distance with a final message before a wall caves in on him. When Billy telephones Betty with the message that the gang has been cornered in the next town, she tells him she is trapped in the fire. Jumping on his motorcycle, Billy rushes to the telephone building and carries the unconscious Betty to safety. He learns that his father, who found him through the private detective, wants to help him financially, but Billy turns down the offer, happy to be the breadwinner in his marriage to Betty. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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