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The Lion and the Mouse
Director: Lloyd Bacon (Dir)
Release Date:   21 May 1928
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles opening: 21 May 1928
Duration (in mins):   65 or 68
Duration (in feet):   6,352
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   May McAvoy (Shirley Ross)  
    Lionel Barrymore ("Ready Money" Ryder)  
    Alec Francis (Judge Ross)  
    William Collier Jr. (Jeff Ryder)  
    Emmett Corrigan (Dr. Hays)  
    Jack Ackroyd (Smith, Jeff's valet)  

Summary: John "Ready Money" Ryder, a financial genius, attempts to ruin a judge by alleging that the judge accepted a bribe of some oil stock. Actually, Judge Ross bought the stock at Ryder's recommendation. Ryder, the only person who can exonerate Judge Ross, withholds a letter proving purchase because he feels that Ross wrongly decided a case against him. Judge Ross is cleared through his daughter's efforts, and the two men are reconciled by the marriage of Ross's daughter to Ryder's son. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
  The Vitaphone Corp.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Lloyd Bacon (Dir)
  Frank Shaw (Asst dir)
Writer: Robert Lord (Scen)
  Charles Klein (Story)
  Robert Lord (Dial)
  James A. Starr (Titles)
Photography: Norbert Brodine (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Harold McCord (Film ed)
Sound: George R. Groves (Rec eng)
Country: United States
Language: English

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 21/5/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25280

Physical Properties: Si with sd seq: Vitaphone

Genre: Drama
Subjects (Major): Bribery
  Capitalists and financiers
  Oil companies

Note: Var reviewed the film twice, in May 1928 for the Los Angeles opening, then again in Jun 1928 for the New York opening. The Los Angeles review listed a running time of 65 min., while the New York review noted that the length had been increased to 69 min. The New York review also noted that the film included 28 minutes of dialogue and that the sound seemed to be an improvement over the Los Angeles version. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   24 Jun 1928.   
New York Times   16 Jun 1928   p. 11.
Variety   30 May 1928   p. 14.
Variety   20 Jun 1928   p. 15.

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