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Janice Meredith (1924)

It is 1774, the eve of the American War of Independence. Janice comes from a Tory household. She cavorts with American and British alike, is pursued by Charles Fownes, patriot and friend of... See full summary »

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E. Mason Hopper

Writers:

Paul Leicester Ford (novel), Lillie Hayward (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Davies ... Janice Meredith
Holbrook Blinn ... Lord John Clowes
Harrison Ford ... Charles Fownes
Macklyn Arbuckle ... Squire Meredith
Hattie Delaro Hattie Delaro ... Mrs. Meredith
Olin Howland ... Philemon Hennion
Spencer Charters ... Squire Hennion
May Vokes May Vokes ... Susie (as Mae Vokes)
Mildred Arden Mildred Arden ... Tabitha Larkin
Joseph Kilgour ... George Washington
Douglas Stevenson ... Sir Frederick Mobray
George Nash George Nash ... Lord Howe
W.C. Fields ... A British Sergeant
George Siegmann ... Colonel Rahl
Helen Lee Worthing Helen Lee Worthing ... Mrs. Loring
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Storyline

It is 1774, the eve of the American War of Independence. Janice comes from a Tory household. She cavorts with American and British alike, is pursued by Charles Fownes, patriot and friend of General Washington. Fields is a comic, drunken British sergeant. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Heldenmädchen von Trenton See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$290,201, 31 December 1924
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (finale)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The sequence showing George Washington crossing the Delaware River utilized a reported fourteen hundred extras. See more »

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Historical Romance
29 December 2005 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Janice Meredith is a film about a girl (Marion Davies) during the American Revolution who falls in love with a spy (Harrison Ford). Miss Meredith is somewhat like a silent movie version of Forrest Gump in that she constantly finds herself involved with historically important events like Paul Revere's ride, Washington crossing the Deleware, and others. There are also several historical figures depicted in the film like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette, and General Cornwallis.

This film was a commercial failure when it was released and there are several indications as to why. First off, Marion Davies seems dying to show her true colors. We see them in a few scenes where she gets to flirt with men, bringing forth her vivacity and endearing qualities. However, in the scenes when she is more serious, her personality dims and her beauty becomes that of the silent starlet, standard and therefore uninteresting. Next, the film seems to take itself too seriously sometimes. It is obvious that massive amounts of money were spend on the making of the film, but that in itself does not make it an art film. There is a scene where fallen soldiers rise and as spirits encourage troops by playing drums and a flute. However, instead of being effective, it just seems strange and out of place. There is also some slapstick at unexpected times such as when two soldiers back into each other slowly and run away when their back touch, this during a dramatic battle scene! The Videobrary release of this film is adequate, though the music score is inappropriately crescendos and alters the mood of scenes. However, thankfully or disappointingly depending on how one looks at it, the score abruptly stops and does not return for over half the film. For first time silent film viewers, this will probably be a massive drawback, but for veterans it will probably be more of an asset.


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