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The Lash
Alternate Title: Adiós
Director: Frank Lloyd (Dir)
Release Date:   14 Dec 1930
Premiere Information:   New Orleans opening: 12 Dec 1930
Duration (in mins):   76
Duration (in feet):   7,169
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Richard Barthelmess (Francisco Delfino)  
    Mary Astor (Rosita García)  
    Fred Kohler (Peter Harkness)  
    Marian Nixon (Dolores Delfino)  
    James Rennie (David Howard)  
    Robert Edeson (Don Marino Delfino)  
    Arthur Stone (Juan)  
    Barbara Bedford (Lupe)  
    Mathilde Comont (Concha)  
    Erville Alderson (Judge Travers)  

Summary: Returning from the university in Mexico to California around 1850, Don Francisco Delfino finds his native land in the hands of unscrupulous Americans, his family estate in shambles, and his loved ones living in fear. Anger drives Francisco to stampede a herd of cattle he is delivering to Peter Harkness, the crooked land commissioner, and still obtain his money--thus earning him the name "El Puma." Don Francisco and others start making Robin Hood-type bandit raids, one of which leads to Francisco's rescue by Sheriff David Howard, their subsequent friendship, and David's love for Francisco's sister, Dolores. Finally avenging his father's murder by killing Harkness, Francisco must leave not only California but also his faithful love, Rosita, and his sometime sweetheart, Lupe; however, David gives him a head start, and Rosita promises to meet him in Mexico. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Frank Lloyd (Dir)
Writer: Bradley King (Scr)
Photography: Ernest Haller (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Harold Young (Film ed)
Sound: Oliver S. Garretson (Rec eng)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the novel Adiós by Lanier Bartlett and Virginia Stivers Bartlett (New York, 1929).
Authors: Lanier Bartlett
  Virginia Stivers Bartlett

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc. 28/12/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1910

Physical Properties: Sd: Vitaphone
  gauge: 65mm
  Widescreen/ratio: Vitascope

Genre: Romance
Subjects (Major): Bandits
  Land grants

Note: This film's working title was Adiós . Although The Lash was not the first feature film in Vitascope, a widescreen process developed by Warner Bros., according to the LAT review, it was the first complete Vitascope feature to be exhibited in Los Angeles. Various reviews noted that the film was shown in the 65mm Vitascope process only in theaters capable of showing widescreen prints. The Var review noted that the print shown at the film's New Orlean's opening was 35mm. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   1 Jan 1931   p.13.
Los Angeles Times   24 Dec 1930   p. A7.
Los Angeles Times   29 Dec 1930   p. A7.
New York Times   1 Jan 1931   p. 31.
Variety   17 Dec 1930   p. 13.

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