His Picture in the Papers

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His Picture in the Papers
His Picture in the Papers Poster.jpg
Directed by John Emerson
Written by John Emerson
Anita Loos
Starring Douglas Fairbanks
Loretta Blake
Cinematography George W. Hill
Production
  company
Fine Arts Picture Company
Distributed by Triangle Film Corporation
Release date(s)
  • 13 February 1916 (1916-02-13)
Running time 62 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles
Budget $42,599.94[1]

His Picture in the Papers (1916) is an American silent comedy film written and directed by John Emerson. Anita Loos also wrote the film's scenario. The film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Loretta Blake and features Eric von Stroheim in a minor role.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Pete Prindle, son of Proteus, a vegetarian health food manufacturer wishes to marry Christine Cadwalader. She agrees. However, Proteus considers his son lazy, with no contributions to the company and therefore undeserving of his father's wealth. His daughters have their pictures in the newspaper of them promoting the company products. Cassius refuses to consent to his daughter's hand since he believes Pete to be lazy as well, with no real stake in his father's company. Pete tries hard to get in the newspaper: He fakes a car accident, which gets an insignificant mention in the paper. He wins a boxing match, which turns out to be an illegally run ring which ends up being raided by police.

After a misunderstanding, he washes up on the shore in his pajamas after falling off a cruise ship, and proceeds to beat two police officers, his name is withheld by the newspaper. Finally, he saves many people on a train from a group of thugs intent on murdering Cassius by preventing a collision with another rail car. He receives a front page article in every major local newspaper and a large photo as well which pleases everyone.

Cast[edit]

Production notes[edit]

The film was produced by Fine Arts Film Company for $42,599.94, and distributed by the Triangle Film Corporation.[1][2] Portions of the film were shot at the Willat-Triangle Studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[3] Other sequences were shot in Yonkers and Atlantic City. A boxing scene featured in the film was shot at Sharkey's Athletic Club, a boxing club, on Columbus Avenue in Manhattan.[1]

Preservation status[edit]

A print of His Picture in the Papers is preserved at the Library of Congress.[2] It was also released on DVD by Flicker Alley.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lennig, Arthur (2004). Stroheim. University Press of Kentucky. p. 35. ISBN 0-813-13750-0. 
  2. ^ a b c "His Picture in the Papers (1916)". silentera.com. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Koszarski, Richard (2004). Fort Lee: The Film Town. Indiana University Press. p. 164. ISBN 0-861-96652-X. 
  4. ^ Keil, Charlie; Singer, Ben, ed. (2009). American Cinema of the 1910s: Themes and Variations. Rutgers University Press. p. 250. ISBN 0-813-54445-9. 

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