The Governor's Lady (1923)

Drama | 28 October 1923

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HISTORY

The 23 Mar 1923 Film Daily announced Fox Film Corp.’s recent purchase of motion picture rights for Alice Bradley’s 1912 play, The Governor’s Lady, from Broadway producer David Belasco. A previous screen version had been released in 1915 by Paramount Pictures Corp. (see entry).
       Production was underway as of 8 Jun 1923 at the Fox east-coast studio in Fort Lee, NJ, as reported in that day’s Film Daily. The article denied a rumor that the facility would be closed during the construction of Fox’s new 450-acre studio lot in West Los Angeles, CA. The 15 Jul 1923 issue noted that location filming took place in Westchester County, NY. Final scenes were completed later that month, as stated in the 4 Aug 1923 Motion Picture News. The 11 Aug 1923 edition claimed that interior sets used in the film were even more impressive than those used in Belasco’s original production. Specific examples included the “Strickland” mansion set, described as “a triumph of artistic taste,” and a set that accurately replicated an eatery from the Childs Restaurant chain. According to an article in the 28 Jul 1923 Exhibitors Herald, the film was expected to be ready for screening on 15 Aug 1923.
       The Governor’s Lady opened on 28 Oct 1923 to fairly good reviews, although the 23 Dec 1923 Film Daily and the 12 Jan 1924 Exhibitors Herald both commented on the picture’s excessive length, while the Mar 1924 Visual Education described the beleaguered title character as being “worse than stupid.”
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The 23 Mar 1923 Film Daily announced Fox Film Corp.’s recent purchase of motion picture rights for Alice Bradley’s 1912 play, The Governor’s Lady, from Broadway producer David Belasco. A previous screen version had been released in 1915 by Paramount Pictures Corp. (see entry).
       Production was underway as of 8 Jun 1923 at the Fox east-coast studio in Fort Lee, NJ, as reported in that day’s Film Daily. The article denied a rumor that the facility would be closed during the construction of Fox’s new 450-acre studio lot in West Los Angeles, CA. The 15 Jul 1923 issue noted that location filming took place in Westchester County, NY. Final scenes were completed later that month, as stated in the 4 Aug 1923 Motion Picture News. The 11 Aug 1923 edition claimed that interior sets used in the film were even more impressive than those used in Belasco’s original production. Specific examples included the “Strickland” mansion set, described as “a triumph of artistic taste,” and a set that accurately replicated an eatery from the Childs Restaurant chain. According to an article in the 28 Jul 1923 Exhibitors Herald, the film was expected to be ready for screening on 15 Aug 1923.
       The Governor’s Lady opened on 28 Oct 1923 to fairly good reviews, although the 23 Dec 1923 Film Daily and the 12 Jan 1924 Exhibitors Herald both commented on the picture’s excessive length, while the Mar 1924 Visual Education described the beleaguered title character as being “worse than stupid.”

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Camera
7 Jul 1923
p. 14
Exhibitors Herald
21 Apr 1923
p. 59
Exhibitors Herald
16 Jun 1923
p. 28
Exhibitors Herald
7 Jul 1923
p. 200
Exhibitors Herald
14 Jul 1923
p. 70
Exhibitors Herald
28 Jul 1923
p. 33
Exhibitors Herald
12 Jan 1924
p. 43
Exhibitors Trade Review
10 Nov 1923
p. 1101
Film Daily
23 Mar 1923
p. 1
Film Daily
8 Jun 1923
p. 1
Film Daily
15 Jul 1923
p. 2
Film Daily
23 Dec 1923
p. 11
Motion Picture News
7 Jul 1923
p. 91
Motion Picture News
4 Aug 1923
p. 523
Motion Picture News
11 Aug 1923
p. 686
Variety
28 Jun 1923
p. 18
Visual Education
Mar 1924
p. 88
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Governor's Lady by Alice Bradley (1912).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
28 October 1923
Production Date:
early Jun--late Jul 1923
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp.
28 December 1923
LP19776
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,669
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Former miner Daniel Slade becomes a wealthy investor and runs for political office, ultimately becoming the governor of his state. Daniel’s wife, Mary, is unable to adjust to a life in high society, often embarrassing him in the presence of his colleagues. Temptation arrives in the form of Katherine Strickland, the daughter of a prominent senator, who takes Daniel away from his old-fashioned wife. However, Daniel eventually realizes how much he loves Mary, and he returns to ...

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Former miner Daniel Slade becomes a wealthy investor and runs for political office, ultimately becoming the governor of his state. Daniel’s wife, Mary, is unable to adjust to a life in high society, often embarrassing him in the presence of his colleagues. Temptation arrives in the form of Katherine Strickland, the daughter of a prominent senator, who takes Daniel away from his old-fashioned wife. However, Daniel eventually realizes how much he loves Mary, and he returns to her.

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Sub-genre:
Domestic


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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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