The Dumb Girl of Portici

Directed by: Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley, USA, 1916

USA, 1916

Cast and Credits

Production Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Bluebird Photoplays Inc. [(uncertain or unconfirmed) (not credited)]
Distribution Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Producer Carl Laemmle
Director Lois Weber
Phillips Smalley
Assistant Director Phillips Smalley
Harold Warner Lloyd
Nate Watt
Scenario Lois Weber
Marion Orth
Based on Marion Orth [Opera]
Eugène Scribe [Opera]
Director of Photography Dal Clawson
Allen G. Siegler
Allen G. Siegler
Charles Rosher [(not credited)]
Art Director Frank Ormston [Technical Director]
Cast Anna Pavlova [Fenella]
Rupert Julian [Masaniello]
Wadsworth Harris [Duke d'Arcos]
Douglas Gerrard [Alphonso]
Jack Holt [Conde )as John Holt)]
Betty Schade [Isabella]
Nigel de Brulier [Father Francisco (as N. De Brouillet)]
Jack Hoxie [Perrone (as Hart Hoxie)]
Edna Maison [Elvira]
Laura Oakley [Rilla]
William Wolbert [Pietro]
Lina Basquette [Child]
Boris Karloff [Extra (uncertain or unconfirmed)]
George A. Williams
Lois Wilson

Technical specifications
Category: Feature Film
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm, 1:1,33 - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,Length: 112 minutes, 2280 meters, 18 frames per second
Sound System: silent
First Screening: April 3, 1916 in USA
US Copyright: January 15, 1916 - ©LP.7436
Survival Status: Prints of this picture exist [Archiv: Library of Congress (Washington), BFI - National Film And Television Archive (London), New York Public Library, Milestone Films]

Reviews in German: «Es ist dies Anna Pavlova einziger Spielfilm, ein erstaunliches Werk, wenn man bedenkt, dass "Die Stumme von Portici" die Prestigeproduktion von Universal Film für 1916 war und vom Chef Carl Laemmle höchst persönlich produziert wurde. Woran mag es liegen, dass man heute, knapp hundert Jahre später, den Film als dermassen antiquiert auffasst, dass diese Inszenierung im Stile des "Film d'Art" über alles befremdet, wenn man Lois Weber's Talent mit Filmen wie "Shoes" vergleicht.» [lhg 2012]
Remarks and general Information in German: Neue Restaurierung basierend auf der 35mm Nitrate Kopie des BFI und einer 16mm Kopie der New York Public Library 2015 in Bologna nun mit einer Länge von 112 Minuten

General Information

The Dumb Girl of Portici is a motion picture produced in the year 1916 as a USA production. The Film was directed by Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley, with Anna Pavlova, Rupert Julian, Wadsworth Harris, Douglas Gerrard, Jack Holt, in the leading parts. We have currently no synopsis of this picture on file;

Bibliography - Motography, 26 June 1915 , pg 1046.
- Motography, 10 July 1915 , pg 60.
- Motography, 31 July 1915 , pg 192.
- Motography, 1 January 1916 , pg 91.
- Motography, 6 November 1915 , pg 946.
- The Motion Picture News, 12 February 1916 , pg 822.
- The Moving Picture World, 22 April 1916 , pg 640.
- The Moving Picture World, 20 May 1916 , pg 1391.
- The New York Dramatic Mirror, 15 April 1916 , pg 28.
- New York Times, 4 April 1916 , pg 11.
- Variety, 7 April 1916 , pg 21.
- Wid's Film Daily, 13 April 1916 , pg 500.
- Bologna 2012, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Katalog pg 236f
- Bologna 2015, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Catalogo pg 110

Unter anderem wurde der Film bei folgenden Filmfestivals aufgeführt:

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