Fultah Fisher's Boarding House

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Fultah Fisher's Boarding House
Screenshot of the film's opening credits
Screenshot of the opening credits
Directed by Frank Capra
Produced by Walter Montague
Written by
  • Frank Capra
  • Walter Montague
Based on "The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding-House"
by Rudyard Kipling
  • Mildred Owens
  • Ethan Allen
  • Olaf Skavlan
Edited by Frank Capra
Fireside Productions
Distributed by Pathé Exchange
Release date
  • April 2, 1922 (1922-04-02) (USA)
Running time
12 minutes
Country United States
Language English intertitles
Budget $1,700

Fultah Fisher's Boarding House is a 1922 American silent film short and the first film directed by Frank Capra.[1] Based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling, the film is about prostitute living at a boarding house who provokes a fight that leads to the death of a sailor.[2]


Fultah Fisher runs a boarding house catering to seamen passing through the port. A local girl known as Anne of Austria has had many lovers amongst the sailors, and is currently linked to Salem Hardieker, a tough Bostonian. When Anne is drawn to a new potential lover, Hans, he rejects her, knowing she's Salem's girl.


  • Mildred Owens as Anne of Austria
  • Ethan Allen as Salem Hardieker
  • Olaf Skavlan as Hans the Dane


Frank Capra, on his first attempt at making a film, managed to write, cast, direct and edit the film all on his own. The film was shot in San Francisco.[3]



  1. ^ "Fultah Fisher's Boarding House". The New York Times. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fultah Fisher's Boarding House". Global Film. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://globalfilm2010.blogs.wm.edu/films/fultah-fisher%E2%80%99s-boarding-house/


  • Capra, Frank (1971). Frank Capra, The Name Above the Title. New York: The Macmillan Company. ISBN 978-1-199-35367-2. 
  • Scherle, Victor; Levy, William Turner (1977). The Films of Frank Capra. Secaucus: The Citadel Press. ISBN 978-0-806-50430-8. 

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