That Royle Girl
That Royle Girl was a 1925 American silent comedy film directed by D W Griffith and released by Paramount Pictures The film was based on the novel of the same name by Edwin Balmer, and starred Carol Dempster, W C Fields and Harrison Ford It is now considered lost12
- 1 Production
- 2 Cast
- 3 Preservation status
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
A poor young woman Carol Dempster from the slums of Chicago singlehandedly saves a jazz bandleader Harrison Ford after he is improperly convicted and sentenced to death for murder3
This film, along with Sally of the Sawdust, marked Griffith's return to working for an important Hollywood studio, Paramount, something he hadn't experienced since leaving Biograph in 1914 He also had to work with a tight shooting script as Paramount executives Adolph Zukor and Jesse L Lasky insisted the film be brought on schedule and on budget
Griffith had been a founding partner in Triangle Studios in 1915 and United Artists in 1919, and these ventures allowed him leeway in the way he made films However, now the leisurely approach to filmmaking Griffith had enjoyed at his own Mamaroneck, New York was gone Griffith had been for all intents and purposes an independent producer since leaving Biograph Griffith shot That Royle Girl on locations across Chicago The film’s climactic sequence, a devastating tornado, was filmed on a football field at Paramount’s Astoria Studio in Queens, New York, where Griffith created a fully built village Griffith used the power of 24 airplane propellers to recreate the wreckage and ruin of the tornado’s fury
While the production was underway, Griffith added W C Fields to the cast for a comedy relief supporting role as the heroine’s inebriated stepfather4
- Carol Dempster as Joan Daisy Royle
- W C Fields as Her Father
- James Kirkwood as Calvin Clarke
- Harrison Ford as Fred Ketlar
- Paul Everton as George Baretta
- Kathleen Chambers as Adele Ketlar
- George Regas as His Henchman
- Florence Auer as Baretta's Girl
- Ida Waterman as Mrs Clarke
- Alice Laidley as Clarke's Fiancee
- Dorothy Love as Lola Nelson
- Dore Davidson as Elman
- Frank Allworth as Oliver
- Bobby Watson as Hofer
No print of That Royle Girl is known to exist15 In 1980, the American Film Institute included this title among its list of the “Ten Most Wanted” lost films of all time6
- List of lost films
- ^ a b Simmon, Scott 1993 The Films of D W Griffith CUP Archive p 25 ISBN 0-521-38820-1
- ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: That Royle Girl
- ^ Langman, Larry 1998 American Film Cycles: The Silent Era Greenwood Publishing Group p 208 ISBN 0-313-30657-5
- ^ Fields, Ronald J “WC Fields: A Life on Film,” pages 31-33 St Martin’s Press, 1984 ISBN 0-312-85312-2
- ^ "That Royle Girl" silenteracom Retrieved March 2, 2013
- ^ Thomson, Frank “Lost Films: Important Movies That Disappeared,” page xiv Citadel Press, 1996 ISBN 0-8065-1604-6
- That Royle Girl on Internet Movie Database
- That Royle Girl at the TCM Movie Database
- That Royle Girl at SilentEra
- hard to find lobby poster
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