Black Orchids

The fatal Orchids, Flowers of Doom, The Crystal (Working title)

Directed by: Rex Ingram, USA, 1917

USA, 1917
Plakatmotiv Black Orchids, © Bluebird Photoplays Inc.

Cast and Credits

Production Bluebird Photoplays Inc.
Distribution Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Producer Rex Ingram
Director Rex Ingram
Scenario Rex Ingram
Story Cleo Madison [Uncertain or unconfirmed]
Director of Photography B.C. Duke Hayward
Cast Cleo Madison [Zoraïde - Prologue: Marie de Severac]
Francis McDonald [Ivan de Maupin - Prologue: George Renoir]
Wedgwood Nowell [Marquis de Chantal]
Dick La Reno [Prologue: Emile de Severac]
Howard Crampton [Sebastian, Baron de Maupin]
John George [Ali Bara]
William J. Dyer [Proprietor of L'Hibour Blanc]
William J. Dyer [Haitim-Tai]
Jean Hersholt [Bit part]

Technical specifications
Locations or Studios: Universal City Studios
Category: Feature Film
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm, 1:1,33 - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,, 5000 feet, 5 reels
Sound System: silent
First Screening: January 1, 1917 in USA
US Copyright: December 22, 1916 - ©LP.9799
Survival Status: No holdings located in archives
Szenenphoto aus Black Orchids, © Bluebird Photoplays Inc.

Synopsis in German
Frivolous young Marie de Severac, (Cleo Madison), is frightened into following a more virtuous path when her father relates a story in which an equally frivolous woman is entombed alive.

Szenenphoto aus Black Orchids, © Bluebird Photoplays Inc.
Remarks and general Information in German: Jean Mitry nennt wohl unzutreffenderweise John F. Seitz als Kameramann
Der Film ist verschollen.
Ingram drehte 1922 ein Remake dieses Films unter dem Titel «Trifling Women»
Laut IMdB basiert das Drehbuch auf einer Story von Cleo Madison, andere Quellen schreiben die Story E. Magnus Ingleton zu.

General Information

Black Orchids is a motion picture produced in the year 1917 as a USA production. The Film was directed by Rex Ingram, with Cleo Madison, Francis McDonald, Wedgwood Nowell, Dick La Reno, Howard Crampton, in the leading parts. There are no reviews of Black Orchids available.

Bibliography - Bluebird Photoplays, Volume 1 N° 27
- The Cuba Patriot and Free Press, March 30, 1917 [Review]
- Daily Illini, Februar 20, 1917
- Exhibitor's Herald, January 13, 1917, pg 35 [Synopsis]
- Exhibitor's Herald, January 20, 1917, pg 22 [Review]
- Exhibitor's Trade Review, December 30, 1916, pg 276
- Film Daily, January 11, 1917
- The Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly, May 31, 1917, pg 101
- Motography, January 13, 1917, pg 107.
- Motography, January 20, 1917, pg 112.
- Moving Picture News, December 23, 1916, pg 4051
- Moving Picture News, December 30, 1916, pp 12p, 34
- The Moving Picture World, December 30, 1916, pg 1985
- The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1917, pp 98-99, 136
- The Moving Picture World, January 20, 1917, pg 421
- The New York Dramatic Mirror, December 30, 1916 [Review]
- Photoplay, March 1, 1917, pg 120
- Variety, December 29, 1916

- DeWitt Bodeen, Rex Ingram and Alice Terry, in Films in Review, February 1975, pg 76
- Liam O'Leary, Rex Ingram- Master of the Silent Cinema, The Academy Press, Dublin 1980, pg 46
- Anthony Slide, Selected Film Criticism 1912-1920, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen 1982, pg 25

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