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The Oct-Dec 1920 Exhibitors Herald announced that British author Elinor Glyn was writing the story for The Sheltered Daughter, a vehicle to be produced as Gloria Swanson’s first starring role at Paramount Pictures, and the 8 Jan 1921 Motion Picture News reported that the project’s name had been changed to The Great Moment. Sam Wood was set to direct, and production was scheduled to begin as soon as Swanson completed work on Paramount’s star-studded Cecil B. DeMille picture, The Affairs of Anatol (1921, see entry).
       On 15 Jan 1921, Motion Picture News stated that Glyn had finished the story, and Monte M. Katterjohn had been hired to write the scenario. That day, Moving Picture World listed an anticipated production start date of 7 Feb 1921. Katterjohn was still completing the scenario two days before that time, according to the 5 Feb 1921 Motion Picture News, which reported on 12 Feb 1921 that casting remained underway. On 19 Feb 1921, the publication stated that filming would begin “within the next week” at the Famous Players-Lasky studio in Hollywood, CA, and on 26 Feb 1921, shooting of exteriors was underway in the city of Burlingame, near San Francisco, CA. Motion Picture News reported on 2 Apr 1921 that Russian ballet dancer Theodore Kosloff was currently assisting Sam Wood during the filming of the “Russian sequence” on “elaborate” sets that had been constructed at Lasky studios. The production was “half finished” as of 26 Mar 1921, according to a Moving Picture World article published that ...

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The Oct-Dec 1920 Exhibitors Herald announced that British author Elinor Glyn was writing the story for The Sheltered Daughter, a vehicle to be produced as Gloria Swanson’s first starring role at Paramount Pictures, and the 8 Jan 1921 Motion Picture News reported that the project’s name had been changed to The Great Moment. Sam Wood was set to direct, and production was scheduled to begin as soon as Swanson completed work on Paramount’s star-studded Cecil B. DeMille picture, The Affairs of Anatol (1921, see entry).
       On 15 Jan 1921, Motion Picture News stated that Glyn had finished the story, and Monte M. Katterjohn had been hired to write the scenario. That day, Moving Picture World listed an anticipated production start date of 7 Feb 1921. Katterjohn was still completing the scenario two days before that time, according to the 5 Feb 1921 Motion Picture News, which reported on 12 Feb 1921 that casting remained underway. On 19 Feb 1921, the publication stated that filming would begin “within the next week” at the Famous Players-Lasky studio in Hollywood, CA, and on 26 Feb 1921, shooting of exteriors was underway in the city of Burlingame, near San Francisco, CA. Motion Picture News reported on 2 Apr 1921 that Russian ballet dancer Theodore Kosloff was currently assisting Sam Wood during the filming of the “Russian sequence” on “elaborate” sets that had been constructed at Lasky studios. The production was “half finished” as of 26 Mar 1921, according to a Moving Picture World article published that day, which added that the filmmakers were back on location. The 26 Mar 1921 Exhibitors Herald featured a behind-the-scenes photograph on the rear observation platform of the California Limited railway train. On 23 Apr 1921, Motion Picture News announced that final scenes were being filmed that week at the Washington Hotel ballroom. Various articles in the 30 Apr 1921 Motion Picture News alluded to the production’s pending conclusion.
       While Swanson had been a leading actor for Cecil B. DeMille’s independent “super-special productions” for several years, The Great Moment was often referred to in the trades as her first major role for Paramount. In addition, the picture was the first theatrically-released film story written by Elinor Glyn, who had recently moved to the U.S. to work for Paramount. According to a 30 Apr 1921 Motion Picture News news item, Glyn performed a bit role in The Great Moment to imbue her future projects with “the player’s viewpoint.”

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
Oct--Dec 1920
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Exhibitors Herald
26 Mar 1921
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Motion Picture News
8 Jan 1921
p. 556
Motion Picture News
15 Jan 1921
p. 667
Motion Picture News
15 Jan 1921
p. 729
Motion Picture News
5 Feb 1921
p. 1206
Motion Picture News
12 Feb 1921
p. 1354
Motion Picture News
19 Feb 1921
p. 1487
Motion Picture News
26 Feb 1921
p. 1710
Motion Picture News
5 Mar 1921
p. 1828
Motion Picture News
2 Apr 1921
p. 2354
Motion Picture News
23 Apr 1921
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Motion Picture News
30 Apr 1921
p. 2815
Motion Picture News
30 Apr 1921
p. 2816
Motion Picture News
30 Apr 1921
p. 2861
Moving Picture World
15 Jan 1921
p. 285
Moving Picture World
26 Mar 1921
p. 358
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Sheltered Daughter
Release Date:
4 September 1921
Production Date:
late Feb--early Mar 1921
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
13 August 1921
LP16861
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,372
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Sir Edward Pelham, who has married a Russian Gypsy, fears that his daughter will follow in her mother's footsteps and arranges a marriage with her cousin, whom she does not love. During a trip to Nevada with her father, she meets engineer Bayard Delavel, who saves her life when she is bitten by a snake; when her father finds her with Bayard in his cabin, he forces them to marry. Believing that Nadine does not love him, Delavel leaves her and prepares to sue for divorce. In Washington Nadine is reconciled with her father and agrees to marry Hopper, a millionaire; she meets Delavel on the night of her engagement ball, however, and the lovers are ...

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Sir Edward Pelham, who has married a Russian Gypsy, fears that his daughter will follow in her mother's footsteps and arranges a marriage with her cousin, whom she does not love. During a trip to Nevada with her father, she meets engineer Bayard Delavel, who saves her life when she is bitten by a snake; when her father finds her with Bayard in his cabin, he forces them to marry. Believing that Nadine does not love him, Delavel leaves her and prepares to sue for divorce. In Washington Nadine is reconciled with her father and agrees to marry Hopper, a millionaire; she meets Delavel on the night of her engagement ball, however, and the lovers are reunited.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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