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Old Ironsides (film)

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Old Ironsides
Old Ironsides poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byJames Cruze
Written byDorothy Arzner
Harry Carr
Walter Woods (scenario)
Rupert Hughes (intertitles)
StarringCharles Farrell
Esther Ralston
Wallace Beery
George Bancroft
CinematographyAlfred Gilks
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
J. S. Zamecnik
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 6, 1926 (1926-12-06)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent
English intertitles
Box office$1,100,000 (U.S. rentals)[1]

Old Ironsides (1926) is a silent film starring Charles Farrell, Esther Ralston, Wallace Beery, and George Bancroft.[2]

Plot

Early in the 19th century, USS Constitution is launched as part of an effort to stop piracy in the Mediterranean Sea. Meanwhile, a young man determined to go to sea (Farrell) is befriended by the bos'n (Beery) of the merchant ship Esther, and he joins its crew. When Esther reaches the Mediterranean, she too, along with Constitution, becomes involved in the battle against the pirates.

Cast

Gary Cooper was in the film as an extra.[3]

Production background

The movie was directed by James Cruze in a widescreen process that Paramount promoted as "Magnascope".[4] This process was used to heighten the visual effects in specific points in the film by switching to a larger "widescreen" thus enhancing the visual drama of the feature. It was reported that at the premiere of Old Ironsides the audience "stood up and cheered" when the Magnascope was activated.[5]

This lavish oceangoing epic features battle scenes with sailing ships and pirates; Beery would revisit the genre and play Long John Silver in Treasure Island eight years later.

Box office receipts from the premiere at the Rialto Theater went to the USS Constitution restoration fund.

Production

Availability

Paramount Studios released a VHS video tape edition in 1987.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City exhibited a restored 35mm print of the film in December 2008.

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990. p. M150.
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Old Ironsides". Silent Era. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  3. ^ Dickens, Homer (1970). The Films of Gary Cooper. Citadel Press. pp. 22–24. ISBN 0-8065-0279-7.
  4. ^ Coles, David. "Magnified Grandeur, Widescreen 1926-1931". Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  5. ^ Westphal, Kyle. ""Enhanced in Entertainment Value By About 25% (In Our Estimation)": An Enlarged History of Magnascope | Chicago Film Society". Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  6. ^ Old Ironsides at IMDb

External links


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