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Gladiola (film)

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Gladiola
Directed byJohn H. Collins
Written byMary Rider
StarringViola Dana
Charles Sutton
Pat O'Malley
Robert Conness
CinematographyNed Van Buren
Distributed byEdison
Release date
  • October 15, 1915 (1915-10-15)
Running time
3000 ft (approx.)
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent
English intertitles

Gladiola is a three-reel American silent drama produced by the Edison Company. The script, by Mary Rider, was written specifically as a vehicle for Viola Dana.[1]

Production

Gladiola was Edison Company production number 7985.[2] The production was shot largely at the Edison Company's studio at Decatur Avenue and Oliver Place in the Bronx,[3] with additional "exterior scenes taken in the gladiolus fields of Berlin, N.Y."[4][5] Gladioli are used as a visual leitmotif throughout the film.[6]

The production was able to locate a two-day-old baby, identified as "Master Warren Scott Moore," to play the title character's newborn baby in one scene. In publicity for the film, Edison hyped Moore's status as the youngest actor on the screen. Publicity noted that "Master Moore" shared his scene with Harry Linson, thought to be one of the oldest working actors on the screen at age 67.[7]

Director John H. Collins and star Viola Dana were married the same year this film was produced.[8]

Release

Gladiola was released in the United States on October 15, 1915.[9] It debuted in Palmerston North in late March 1916,[10] and in Wellington in early April.[11] It was first shown in Oamaru on November 10, 1916.[12]

References

  1. ^ Edison Night "Up-State". The Edison Kinetogram. Vol 12. No 1. p 14. 1 October 1915. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  2. ^ The Edison Kinetogram. Vol 12. No 1. p 8. 1 October 1915. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  3. ^ The Edison Kinetogram. Vol 12. No 2. p 4. 15 October 1915. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  4. ^ The Edison Kinetogram. Vol 12. No 1. p 8. 1 October 1915. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  5. ^ Gladiola (1915) - Notes. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  6. ^ Amusements. The Oamaru Mail. Volume XLVI. Issue 12997. 9 November 1916. p 3. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  7. ^ The Edison Kinetogram. Vol 12. No 2. p 4. 15 October 1915. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  8. ^ Viola Dana - Biography. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  9. ^ The Edison Kinetogram. Vol 12. No 1. p 8. 1 October 1915. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  10. ^ "Everybody's" Continuous Pictures. Manawatu Standard. Volume XLI. Issue 10330. 27 March 1916. p 6. Retrieved 28 December 2015
  11. ^ Viola Dana in 'Gladiola'. The Evening Post. Volume XCI. Issue 79. 3 April 1916. p 3. Retrieved 28, 2015
  12. ^ Amusements. The Oamaru Mail. Volume XLVI. Issue 12997. 9 November 1916. p 3. Retrieved 28 December 2015
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