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The 13 Feb 1923 FD announced the start of principal photography that day. Director James Cruze cast unknown actress Hope Drown, whom he described in the 21 Feb 1923 FD as the “ideal type” for the role of “Angela Whitaker.” The 3 Mar 1923 Motion Picture News noted that the film would feature “the famous cafes, road houses and cheap resorts of Hollywood and Los Angeles.” While production was underway, Cruze travelled to New York City to shoot sequences featuring actress Hope Hampton, as reported in the 23 Mar 1923 FD. On 21 Apr 1923, Motion Picture News announced that photography was nearing completion. More than two months later, the 30 Jun 1923 Motion Picture News stated that the picture was ready for release. The article revealed that Cruze’s search for the unknown lead actors “occupied fully two months” of his time. A news item in the 2 Jun 1923 Motion Picture News included Paul Iribe and Charles Eyton among the celebrity guest stars. A full-page advertisement appearing in several publications also listed Richard Dix and Herbert Brenon.
       According to the 4 Aug 1923 Motion Picture News, Hollywood was scheduled to premiere “next Sunday,” presumably 12 Aug 1923, at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City. Critical and public response was generally positive.
       The 16 Apr 1923 FD noted that a stage version of the film, written by Frank Condon and Tom Geraghty, was performed on 27 and 28 Apr 1923 in Los Angeles, CA. The picture ... More Less

The 13 Feb 1923 FD announced the start of principal photography that day. Director James Cruze cast unknown actress Hope Drown, whom he described in the 21 Feb 1923 FD as the “ideal type” for the role of “Angela Whitaker.” The 3 Mar 1923 Motion Picture News noted that the film would feature “the famous cafes, road houses and cheap resorts of Hollywood and Los Angeles.” While production was underway, Cruze travelled to New York City to shoot sequences featuring actress Hope Hampton, as reported in the 23 Mar 1923 FD. On 21 Apr 1923, Motion Picture News announced that photography was nearing completion. More than two months later, the 30 Jun 1923 Motion Picture News stated that the picture was ready for release. The article revealed that Cruze’s search for the unknown lead actors “occupied fully two months” of his time. A news item in the 2 Jun 1923 Motion Picture News included Paul Iribe and Charles Eyton among the celebrity guest stars. A full-page advertisement appearing in several publications also listed Richard Dix and Herbert Brenon.
       According to the 4 Aug 1923 Motion Picture News, Hollywood was scheduled to premiere “next Sunday,” presumably 12 Aug 1923, at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City. Critical and public response was generally positive.
       The 16 Apr 1923 FD noted that a stage version of the film, written by Frank Condon and Tom Geraghty, was performed on 27 and 28 Apr 1923 in Los Angeles, CA. The picture marked the first screen appearance in nearly two years by comedian Roscoe Arbuckle, whose acting career was ruined by scandal. Despite the hopes expressed by film critic Frank Shelton in the 14 Jul 1923 Motion Picture News, the cameo role did not hasten Arbuckle’s return to acting. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
13 Feb 1923
p. 5.
Film Daily
21 Feb 1923
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Mar 1923
p. 4.
Film Daily
16 Apr 1923
p. 2.
Film Daily
17 May 1923
p. 2.
Film Daily
1 Aug 1923
p. 4.
Motion Picture News
3 Mar 1923
p. 1090.
Motion Picture News
21 Apr 1923
p. 1970.
Motion Picture News
2 Jun 1923
p. 2639.
Motion Picture News
9 Jun 1923
p. 2750.
Motion Picture News
30 Jun 1923
p. 3132.
Motion Picture News
4 Aug 1923
p. 523.
Motion Picture News
11 Aug 1923
p. 689.
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1923
p. 821.
Motion Picture News
14 Jul 1923
p. 304.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Cast--The Story:
Cast--Stars and Celebrities:
Cecil B. De Mille
William de Mille
Dinky Dean
Alec Francis
Theodore Kosloff
Chuck Reisner
Laurence Wheat
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 August 1923
Premiere Information:
New York City premiere: 11 August 1923
Production Date:
13 February--mid May 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19202
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,197
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Angela Whitaker and her grandfather Joel visit Hollywood--the grandfather to regain his health, and Angela to get into the movies. But Joel gets the offers. Then Angela's sweetheart Lem and the rest of Angela's family, hearing of grandfather Joel's debut, come to Hollywood to rescue him from "evil influences" and find themselves drawn into the movies. Angela's ambitions wane after she marries Lem and gives birth to twins, who also show up on the silver screen. Angela and her family meet a number of screen ... +


Angela Whitaker and her grandfather Joel visit Hollywood--the grandfather to regain his health, and Angela to get into the movies. But Joel gets the offers. Then Angela's sweetheart Lem and the rest of Angela's family, hearing of grandfather Joel's debut, come to Hollywood to rescue him from "evil influences" and find themselves drawn into the movies. Angela's ambitions wane after she marries Lem and gives birth to twins, who also show up on the silver screen. Angela and her family meet a number of screen celebrities. +

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

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