Salomy Jane (film)
|Directed by||William Nigh
|Produced by||Alexander E. Beyfuss|
|Written by||Paul Armstrong (play & screenplay)
Bret Harte (novella)
|Cinematography||Arthur A. Cadwell
|Distributed by||Alco Film Corporation|
|approximately one hour (six reels)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Salomy Jane is a 1914 American Western feature film based on Bret Harte's 1898 novella of the same name. It is the only known surviving complete work of silent film era actress Beatriz Michelena and the California Motion Picture Corporation.
Rough-and-tumble Gold Rush-era California: a woman (Salomy Jane) is saved from a ruffian (Red Pete) by a heroic stranger (Jack Dart), the latter saved from a lynching when falsely accused of a crime.
- Beatriz Michelena – Salomy Jane
- House Peters – Jack Dart, The Man
- William Pike – Red Pete
- Clara Beyers – Mrs. Heath (as Clara Byers)
- Lorraine Levy – Anna May
- Loretta Ephran – Mary Ann
- Walter Williams – Willie Smith
- Demetrios Mitsoras – Gallagher
- Andrew Robson – Yuba Bill
- Matt B. Snyder – Madison Clay
- Harold B. Meade – Baldwin
- Clarence Arper – Colonel Starbottle
- Harold Entwistle – Larabee
- Fred Snook – Seth Low
- Ernest Joy – Marbury
- William Nigh – Rufe Waters
- Jack Holt – Cowboy in saloon playing solitaire, stuntman (uncredited)
Salomy Jane was the debut California Motion Picture Corporation feature as well as screen appearance by stage actress and singer Beatriz Michelena. George E. Middleton saw in his Latina wife a competitor to Mary Pickford as a premier screen star, each production intended to be Michelena's vehicle to success. Despite being well received by the public it did not return a profit for the national distributor, Alco Film. The subsequent productions being commercial failures, did not preclude Michelena demanding star-treatment perquisites that proved to much for the studio. The duo left California Motion Picture forming Beatriz Michelena Features, producing Just Squaw (1919) and The Flame of Hellgate (1920). Middleton and Michelena divorced in the 1920s.
Salomy Jane (1914), long cited as the debut appearance of Jack Holt seems to be in error as he had been taking bit parts during the preceding year. It is the scene in which he rides a horse to the edge of a steep embankment then jumps off tumbling more than a hundred feet down into the Russian River. The stunt netted him a bit part as a saloon patron.
All California Motion Picture Corporation and Beatrice Michelena Studio films were believed lost due to a 1931 studio fire in San Rafael, California caused by a child's firecracker prank that destroyed the vault in which the films were stored. However, a Salomy Jane (1914) print was found in Australia in 1996, and has been preserved by the Library of Congress. New 35mm prints began limited circulation in 2008. The restoration was part of a DVD released (2011) by the National Film Preservation Foundation in the anthology Treasures 5: The West 1898–1938.
The film was remade as Salomy Jane (1923) starring Jacqueline Logan by Famous Players-Lasky and released by Paramount Pictures, and remade again as the sound film Wild Girl (1932) by Fox Film Corporation.
- Bret Harte's Salomy Jane, a novella first published in 1898
- http://www.silentera.com/PSFL/companies/C/californiaMoPicCorp.html ; viewed December 28, 2001
- Beatriz Michelena Features. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 21, 2012
- Just Squaw. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 21, 2012
- The Flame of Hellgate. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 21, 2012
- Pacific Sun. Arts and Entertainment. September 26, 2008. Jason Walsh. Film: Salomy's last dance: A flashback to Marin's century-old quest for cinematic superstardom
- New York Times. Movies. Salomy Jane (1914) overview
- California Film Institute. Smith Rafael Film Center. Salomy Jane: Introduced by historians David Kiehn and William Sagar, Piano Accompaniment by Bruce Loeb
- Internet Movie Database. Salomy Jane (1923 film)
- Internet Movie Database. Wild Girl (1932)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Salomy Jane (film).|
- Salomy Jane at the Internet Movie Database
- Salomy Jane (1923 film)
- Santa Cruz Public Libraries, California. On Location. Still photograph from Salomy Jane