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The Mollycoddle
Director: Victor Fleming (Dir)
Release Date:   13 Jun 1920
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Douglas Fairbanks (Richard Marshall)  
    Ruth Renick (Virginia Hale)  
    Wallace Beery (Henry Van Holkar)  
    Paul Burns (Samuel Levinski)  
    Morris Hughes (Patrick O'Flanagan)  
    George Stewart (Ole Olson)  
    Charles Stevens (Yellow Horse)  
    Lewis Hippe (First mate)  
    Betty Bouton (Mollie Warren)  
    Adele Farrington (Mrs. Warren)  
    Albert McQuarrie (Driver of the "Desert Yacht")  
    Frank Campeau    
    Eagle Eye    
    Freddie Hawk    

Summary: Richard Marshall, a bespectacled mollycoddle, meets fellow American Henry Van Holkar and his yachting party while in Monte Carlo. Van Holkar is involved in the illicit smuggling of diamonds from Arizona to Amsterdam, and when, as a prank, several members of his party shanghai Marshall aboard the yacht, the smuggler believes him to be a spy and attempts to drown him. Marshall escapes and follows the party to Arizona. There, Van Holkar discovers that Virginia Hale, another member of his party, is the real spy. Deciding that he must eliminate the rest of his group, Van Holkar arranges a landslide, but Marshall arrives in the nick of time to save Virginia and the others. After a savage fight between the two adversaries, Van Holkar falls to his death from a precipice and Marshall, proving that he is not a mollycoddle, wins Virginia. 

Production Company: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: United Artists Corp.  
Director: Victor Fleming (Dir)
  Ted Reed (Asst dir)
Producer: Douglas Fairbanks (Supv)
  Robert Fairbanks (Mgr of prod)
Writer: Tom J. Geraghty (Scen)
  Harold MacGrath (Story)
Photography: William McGann (Cam)
  Harry Thorpe (Cam)
Art Direction: Edward M. Langley (Art dir)
Country: United States
Language: English

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corp. 15/6/1920 dd/mm/yyyy LP15296

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Genre: Adventure
 
Subjects (Major): Arizona
  Fights
  Manhood
  Monte Carlo (Monaco)
  Smuggling
  Yachts and yachting
 
Subjects (Minor): Americans in foreign countries
  Diamonds
  Drowning
  Falls from heights
  Landslides
  Spies

Note: According to publicity for the film, its cost was just a few dollars short of one-half million dollars. Douglas Fairbanks injured his hand while doing a stunt on horseback at the Hopi Indian reservation in Arizona where some scenes were filmed. Some Indians appeared in the film, including Eagle Eye, a chief. Freddie Hawk, a "girl hobo" who came into prominence for walking from Kansas City to Los Angeles to get a chance to be in the movies, made her screen debut in the film. Members of the technical crew included Frank England, George W. Chapman, Arthur J. Coe and Lotta Woods. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   26 Jun 20   p. 387.
MPN   21 Feb 20   p. 1940.
MPN   20 Mar 20   p. 2730.
MPN   3 Jul 20   p. 311.
NYR   19 Jun 1920.   
New York Times   14 Jun 20   p. 13.
NYTribune   14 Jun 1920.   
Wid's   20 Jun 20   p. 7.

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