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One Glorious Day

One Glorious Day
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Directed byJames Cruze
Screenplay byBarry Barringer
Walter Woods
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
StarringWill Rogers
Lila Lee
Alan Hale, Sr.
Johnny Fox
George Nichols
Emily Rait
CinematographyKarl Brown
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 29, 1922 (1922-01-29)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

One Glorious Day is a lost[1][2] 1922 American silent fantasy comedy film directed by James Cruze and written by Barry Barringer and Walter Woods. The film stars Will Rogers, Lila Lee, Alan Hale, Sr., Johnny Fox, George Nichols, and Emily Rait. It was released on January 29, 1922, by Paramount Pictures.[3][4][5] Working titles included Ek, A Fighting Soul and Souls Before Birth.[6] Forrest J. Ackerman, the publisher of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, credited this film as being the one that "created his lifelong interest in science fiction and horror".[7]

The film was originally planned by Cruze, under the title The Melancholy Spirit, as a vehicle for the comic actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, who contributed ideas to the project. However, during the initial planning stages, Arbuckle gave a party in San Francisco at which a young starlet died, and one of her friends told the authorities that Arbuckle had raped the woman. The police theorized that Arbuckle's extreme weight had ruptured the woman's bladder during the alleged assault. The subsequent scandal and Arbuckle's three trials for manslaughter forced him to drop out of the film, which was then re-titled and recast with Rogers in the Arbuckle role. (Arbuckle was later acquitted but his film career never recovered[8][9]).


A disembodied spirit entity with a strange appearance and bulging eyes named "Ek" takes over the body of a meek psychical researcher, Professor Ezra Botts (Rogers), during an out-of-body experiment and proceeds to live it up while the researcher watches from limbo and tries to get back into his physical body and resume his life.[10] Botts waits until the spirit collapses from exhaustion, then takes the opportunity to reinhabit his own body.


See also


  1. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: One Glorious Day
  2. ^ One Glorious Day at; Lost Films Wanted(Wayback Machine) Retrieved July 21, 2018
  3. ^ Janiss Garza (2016). "One-Glorious-Day - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "One Glorious Day". Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "One Glorious Day". Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 256.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  7. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 256.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  8. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 257.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  9. ^ Merritt, Greg (2013). Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-61374-792-6.
  10. ^ "One Glorious Day - Synopsis". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved January 18, 2018.

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