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An item in the 7 September 1924 Film Daily announced the acquisition of screen rights to Ruth Cross’s 1924 novel, The Golden Cocoon, by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. The 21 February 1925 Moving Picture World stated that Millard Webb had been assigned to direct the picture, currently being written by married screenwriting duo Hope Loring and Louis D. Lighton.
       On 18 April 1925, Exhibitors Trade Review reported that filming was set to begin in a few days. While a production listing in the 2 May 1925 Exhibitors Herald indicated that filming was underway at the Warner Bros. studio in Hollywood, CA, the 28 March 1925 issue also mentioned that large sets for this picture were constructed at the Lasky Ranch in Los Angeles, CA (which later became the site of the Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery). Shooting ended prior to 4 July 1925, according to that day’s Exhibitors Trade Review.
       A 15 August 1925 Motion Picture News item stated that Texas Governor Miriam A. Ferguson (a.k.a. “Ma” Ferguson, one of the first two female governors of a U.S. state), had invited the film company to shoot in Texas, specifically in Austin and at the University of Texas, Austin, where some of Ruth Cross’s novel was set. Despite the invitation, filmmakers do not appear to have travelled to Texas during any part of production.
       A general release on 30 January 1926 was preceded by a New York City opening the week of 14 December 1925. The picture received mixed reviews in the 16 December 1925 Variety and 26 December ...

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An item in the 7 September 1924 Film Daily announced the acquisition of screen rights to Ruth Cross’s 1924 novel, The Golden Cocoon, by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. The 21 February 1925 Moving Picture World stated that Millard Webb had been assigned to direct the picture, currently being written by married screenwriting duo Hope Loring and Louis D. Lighton.
       On 18 April 1925, Exhibitors Trade Review reported that filming was set to begin in a few days. While a production listing in the 2 May 1925 Exhibitors Herald indicated that filming was underway at the Warner Bros. studio in Hollywood, CA, the 28 March 1925 issue also mentioned that large sets for this picture were constructed at the Lasky Ranch in Los Angeles, CA (which later became the site of the Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery). Shooting ended prior to 4 July 1925, according to that day’s Exhibitors Trade Review.
       A 15 August 1925 Motion Picture News item stated that Texas Governor Miriam A. Ferguson (a.k.a. “Ma” Ferguson, one of the first two female governors of a U.S. state), had invited the film company to shoot in Texas, specifically in Austin and at the University of Texas, Austin, where some of Ruth Cross’s novel was set. Despite the invitation, filmmakers do not appear to have travelled to Texas during any part of production.
       A general release on 30 January 1926 was preceded by a New York City opening the week of 14 December 1925. The picture received mixed reviews in the 16 December 1925 Variety and 26 December 1925 Motion Picture News.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included The Golden Cocoon on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
28 Mar 1925
p. 55
Exhibitors Herald
2 May 1925
p. 34
Exhibitors Trade Review
18 Apr 1925
p. 46
Exhibitors Trade Review
4 Jul 1925
p. 46
Film Daily
7 Sep 1924
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Film Daily
10 May 1925
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Film Daily
14 Dec 1925
p. 3
Film Daily
20 Dec 1925
p. 5
Motion Picture News
15 Aug 1925
p. 789
Motion Picture News
26 Dec 1925
p. 3206
Moving Picture World
21 Feb 1925
p. 821
New York Times
15 Dec 1925
p. 14
Variety
16 Dec 1925
p. 39, 44
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Byron Haskins
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Golden Cocoon by Ruth Cross (New York & London, 1924).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 January 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 14 Dec 1925
Production Date:
ca. late April--Jun 1925
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
18 July 1925
LP21656
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,200
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After she is left standing at the altar by Renfro, Molly Shannon walks the streets aimlessly in a blinding rainstorm and faints in front of a sporting house, into which she is taken. Sometime later she meets Gregory Cochran, a wealthy judge with whom she finds true marital happiness. Gregory is being mentioned for the governorship, and a member of the opposition party threatens to nip Gregory's political career in the bud by revealing that he once saw Molly coming from a house of ill repute. Knowing that public mention of the incident will ruin her husband's career, Molly feigns suicide and disappears. On election eve, she is seen by Renfro, who goes to Gregory with the news of his wife's presence in this world. Molly sees Renfro and follows him to his room, where the two scuffle for possession of a gun. The gun accidentally goes off, mortally wounding Renfro. Gregory arrives, and Renfro exonerates ...

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After she is left standing at the altar by Renfro, Molly Shannon walks the streets aimlessly in a blinding rainstorm and faints in front of a sporting house, into which she is taken. Sometime later she meets Gregory Cochran, a wealthy judge with whom she finds true marital happiness. Gregory is being mentioned for the governorship, and a member of the opposition party threatens to nip Gregory's political career in the bud by revealing that he once saw Molly coming from a house of ill repute. Knowing that public mention of the incident will ruin her husband's career, Molly feigns suicide and disappears. On election eve, she is seen by Renfro, who goes to Gregory with the news of his wife's presence in this world. Molly sees Renfro and follows him to his room, where the two scuffle for possession of a gun. The gun accidentally goes off, mortally wounding Renfro. Gregory arrives, and Renfro exonerates Molly.

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Genre:


Subject

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

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