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The 30 Jul 1924 Var announced Dick Turpin as a forthcoming Fox Film feature for their 1924-1925 season. The 9 Aug 1924 Moving Picture World named Jack Conway as the director of the Tom Mix starrer. However, two months later, the 8 Oct 1924 FD, which indicated that production started that day, listed John G. Blystone as the director.
       According to the 11 Oct 1924 Moving Picture World and the 28 Jan 1925 Var review, Don W. Lee collaborated on the story with Charles Darnton.
       The 8 Nov 1924 Moving Picture World reported that principal photography was still underway at the Fox Studios on Western Avenue in Hollywood, CA. The 22 Nov 1924 Moving Picture World announced that Tom Mix had begun production on his following picture, Riders of the Purple Sage (1925, see entry), indicating that filming had completed on Dick Turpin.
       According to the 3 Jan 1925 Moving Picture World, Tom Mix’s portrayal of the famous English highwayman marked his first departure from westerns into “costume” pictures. The 24 Jan 1925 Moving Picture World reported that the actors spent their days off from the shoot training with a professional swordsman. Actor Sid Jordan was listed among the cast members, and a 22 Jan 1925 release date was announced at New York City’s Central Theatre. However, the 31 Jan 1925 Moving Picture World reported that the Broadway premiere would take place on 26 Jan 1925.
       On 7 Feb 1925, Moving Picture World announced that the release date of ... More Less

The 30 Jul 1924 Var announced Dick Turpin as a forthcoming Fox Film feature for their 1924-1925 season. The 9 Aug 1924 Moving Picture World named Jack Conway as the director of the Tom Mix starrer. However, two months later, the 8 Oct 1924 FD, which indicated that production started that day, listed John G. Blystone as the director.
       According to the 11 Oct 1924 Moving Picture World and the 28 Jan 1925 Var review, Don W. Lee collaborated on the story with Charles Darnton.
       The 8 Nov 1924 Moving Picture World reported that principal photography was still underway at the Fox Studios on Western Avenue in Hollywood, CA. The 22 Nov 1924 Moving Picture World announced that Tom Mix had begun production on his following picture, Riders of the Purple Sage (1925, see entry), indicating that filming had completed on Dick Turpin.
       According to the 3 Jan 1925 Moving Picture World, Tom Mix’s portrayal of the famous English highwayman marked his first departure from westerns into “costume” pictures. The 24 Jan 1925 Moving Picture World reported that the actors spent their days off from the shoot training with a professional swordsman. Actor Sid Jordan was listed among the cast members, and a 22 Jan 1925 release date was announced at New York City’s Central Theatre. However, the 31 Jan 1925 Moving Picture World reported that the Broadway premiere would take place on 26 Jan 1925.
       On 7 Feb 1925, Moving Picture World announced that the release date of Dick Turpin had been pushed back from 18 Jan to 1 Feb 1925.
       The Var review reported a rumored $400,000 budget, and declared Dick Turpin “the most elaborate” and best Tom Mix film to date. According the Var, Mix’s pictures had long been ignored by first-run theaters, but deemed this “absolutely sterling” offering impossible for first-run houses to ignore.
       An earlier film version was created in 1907, also titled Dick Turpin, and Fox released a Spanish musical version in 1932 called El caballero de la noche, which was based on the story by Charles Darnton, Don W. Lee and Charles Kenyon (see entries).
       Dick Turpin was fully restored by Film Foundation, an organization founded in 1990 by director Martin Scorsese. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
14 Feb 1925
p. 81.
Film Daily
8 Oct 1924
p. 5.
Film Daily
1 Feb 1925.
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Moving Picture World
9 Aug 1924
p. 467.
Moving Picture World
11 Oct 1924
p. 494.
Moving Picture World
8 Nov 1924
p. 170.
Moving Picture World
22 Nov 1924
p. 340.
Moving Picture World
3 Jan 1925
p. 65.
Moving Picture World
24 Jan 1925
p. 371, 376.
Moving Picture World
31 Jan 1925
p. 491.
Moving Picture World
7 Feb 1925
p. 592.
New York Times
26 Jan 1925
p. 14.
Variety
30 Jul 1924
p,. 19.
Variety
28 Jan 1925
p. 32.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 February 1925
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 24 January 1925
Production Date:
8 October--mid November 1924
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
1 February 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21086
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,716
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dick Turpin, an English highwayman who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, holds up the coach of Lord Churlton. Sometime later, in aiding a coach attacked by ruffians, Dick meets aristocratic Alice Brookfield, who is being forced by her family to marry Churlton. Dick offers to assist her to avoid the unwanted marriage, and they travel to London together, with Alice disguised as a boy. Churlton pursues them, and, after several narrow escapes, Dick is captured by the royal guards and sentenced to be hanged. On the scaffold, Dick is told by his friend, Tom King, who has taken the hangman's place, that the crowd is sympathetic; and Dick makes his escape, riding his horse to York. Dick finds the house where Alice is being held prisoner, kills Churlton, and escapes to France with Alice, whom he marries. Dick gives up his profession and settles down to family ... +


Dick Turpin, an English highwayman who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, holds up the coach of Lord Churlton. Sometime later, in aiding a coach attacked by ruffians, Dick meets aristocratic Alice Brookfield, who is being forced by her family to marry Churlton. Dick offers to assist her to avoid the unwanted marriage, and they travel to London together, with Alice disguised as a boy. Churlton pursues them, and, after several narrow escapes, Dick is captured by the royal guards and sentenced to be hanged. On the scaffold, Dick is told by his friend, Tom King, who has taken the hangman's place, that the crowd is sympathetic; and Dick makes his escape, riding his horse to York. Dick finds the house where Alice is being held prisoner, kills Churlton, and escapes to France with Alice, whom he marries. Dick gives up his profession and settles down to family life. +

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Sub-genre:
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Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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