The Great Problem

Truth, The Experiment (Working title)

Directed by: Rex Ingram, , USA, 1916


    Genre: Romance, Drama,

Szenenphoto aus The Great Problem, © Bluebird Photoplays Inc.

Stills and posters © Bluebird Photoplays Inc.


Cast and Credits

Production Bluebird Photoplays Inc.
Distribution Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Producer Rex Ingram
Production Supervisor Julius Stern [(Producing Manager)]
Director Rex Ingram
Scenario Rex Ingram
Based on Rex Ingram
Director of Photography Stanley Sinclair [(uncertain or unconfirmed)]
Composer Max Winkler
Frank Rehsen
Art Director Ben Carré [(uncertain or unconfirmed)]
Cast Violet Mersereau [Mary Carson / Peggy]
Dan Hanlon [Bill Carson]
Lionel Adams [George Devereaux]
Kittens Reichert [Peggy as a Child]
Howard Crampton [Joseph, the Butler]
William J. Dyer [Skinny McGee]
Mathilde Brundage [Mrs. Devereaux (as J.J. Brundage)]
Nellie Slattery [Housekeeper]
Louis Stern [James Carlton]

Technical specifications
Locations or Studios: Fort Lee Studio, New Jersey; Rosendale, NY.
Category: Feature Film
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,, 5000 feet, 5 reels
Sound System: silent
First Screening: April 17, 1916 in USA
US Copyright: March 27, 1916 - ©LP.7932
Survival Status: Only Fragments of this picture exist [Archiv: Museum of Modern Art (New York)]

Remarks and general Information in German: Rex Ingrams erste Filmregie. Kameramann könnte Stanley Sinclair gewesen sein, der auch als Kameramann in Ingrams folgendem Film BROKEN FETTERS arbeitete. Jean Mitry nennt zwar John F. Seitz (wie auch für die folgenden Filme, was aber nicht zutrifft). Der Film ist verschollen.

Violet Mersereau spielte die Doppelrolle der Mutter und Tochter. Einige Quellen nennen auch Rex Ingram unter den Darstellern.

The Great Problem is a motion picture produced in the year 1916 as a USA production. The Film was directed by Rex Ingram, with Violet Mersereau, Dan Hanlon, Lionel Adams, Kittens Reichert, Howard Crampton, in the leading parts. The movie had its first screening on April 17, 1916 in USA. We have currently no synopsis of this picture on file; There are no reviews of The Great Problem available.



Bibliography - The Billboard, April 3, 1916, pg 60 (review)
- Variety, April 7, 1916, pg 22 (review)
- The Motion Picture News, April 8, 1916, pg 2032
- Wid's Film Daily, April 13, 1916, 503
- The Motion Picture News, April 15, 1916, p 2211-2212
- The Moving Picture World, April 15, 1916, pg 459 (Review)
- Boston Daily Globe- April 19, 1916, Boston, Massachusetts [ad]
- Galveston Daily News- April 20, 1916, Galveston, Texas [ad and review]
- Galveston Daily News- April 21, 1916, Galveston, Texas [synopsis]
- New Castle News- April 21, 1916, New Castle, Pennsylvania [ad: "see the sweetest flower of the screen"]
- The Moving Picture World, April 22, 1916, pg 692 (Synopsis)
- Exhibitor's Herald, April 29, 1916, pg 25 (Synopsis)
- Motography, April 29, 1916, pg 997p
- Logansport Chronicle- May 6, 1916, Logansport, Indiana [ad]
- Hutchinson News- May 10, 1916, Hutchinson, Kansas [ad]
- Salt Lake Tribune, The- May 10, 1916, Salt Lake City, Utah [ad]
- Brownsville Herald- May 12, 1916, Brownsville, Texas [synopsis]
- The Washington Post- May 14, 1916, Washington, District Of Columbia [ad]
- The Kingston Daily Freeman- May 18, 1916, Kingston, New York [ad] [(...) the scenes being taken at Rosendale]
- Marshall News-Statesman, The- May 26, 1916, Marshall, Michigan [ad]
- Wisconsin State Journal- May 30, 1916, Madison, Wisconsin [note and ad]
- Clearfield Progress- June 3, 1916, Clearfield, Pennsylvania [ad and synopsis]
- The Lethbridge Herald- June 14, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta [review]
- Janesville Daily Gazette- June 23, 1916, Janesville, Wisconsin [ad and note]
- Cedar Rapids Republican- July 2, 1916, Cedar Rapids, Iowa [ad and review]
- The Bioscope, July 6, 1916, pg 31
- The Cinema, July 6, 1916
- Hamilton Daily Republican-News- July 14, 1916, Hamilton, Ohio [ad]
- Daily Review, The- July 29, 1916, Decatur, Illinois [ad]
- Hamilton Evening Journal- August 19, 1916, Hamilton, Ohio [ad]
- Titusville Herald- August 28, 1916, Titusville, Pennsylvania [ad]
- Racine Journal-News- September 5, 1916, Racine, Wisconsin [ad and note]
- Evening Independent- September 12, 1916, Massillon, Ohio [ad]
- Englewood Economist, The- September 20, 1916, Chicago, Illinois [ad]
- Warren Evening Mirror- November 22, 1916, Warren, Pennsylvania [note]
- Bismarck Tribune, The- November 27, 1916, Bismarck, North Dakota [ad]

- DeWitt Bodeen, Rex Ingram and Alice Terry, in Films in Review, February 1975, pg 75f
- Liam O'Leary, Rex Ingram- Master of the Silent Cinema, The Academy Press, Dublin 1980, pg 41f
- Gillian B. Anderson, Music for silent films, 1894-1929, Washington 1988, pg 53

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