On December 28, 1924, THE MIRAGE, a Regal Picture, was released by P.D.C. Florence Vidor starred as a woman who leaves her family and sweetheart to seek an opera career in New York. Clive Brook plays the man who hires her to perform for guests, and when her old sweetheart tries to find her, he assumes she is a fallen woman. Brook, realizing his error, asks Vidor to marry him, which she accepts upon realizing his love is genuine.
Regal Pictures was actually an umbrella for a series of lower-budget movies produced by Thomas Ince, at his studio, but without putting his name on the movies, as I note in my Ince biography. Vidor had appeared in a number of his more prestigious, bigger-budgeted personal productions, and Brook was becoming a regular as well. Ince scenarist C. Gardner Sullivan adapted the 1920 play by Edgar Selwyn, for which $17,500 had been paid. George Archainbaud directed the six reel production from August 27 to September 7, for a total of $85,741. According to the pressbook, A.L. Burt issued a novelization of the play with a dust jacket and interior illustrations derived from scenes from the movie.
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