Irvin V. Willat

Sog.: dal romanzo “The False Faces: Further Adventures from the History of the Lone Wolf” di Louis Joseph Vance; Scen.: Irvin V. Willat; F.: Edwin V. Willat, Paul Eagler; M.: Duncan Mansfield; Scgf.: G. Harold Percival; Int.: Henry B. Walthall (Michael Lanyard, “The Lone Wolf”), Mary Anderson (Cecilia Brooke), Lon Chaney (Karl Ekstrom), Milton Ross (Ralph Crane), Thornton Edwards (tenente Thackeray), William Bowman (capitano Osborne), Garry McGarry, Ernest Pasque; Prod.: Thomas H. Ince per Paramount Pictures 35mm. L.: 1672 m. D.: 82’ a 18 f/s. Col.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

I worked with General Electric in New York on producing an incandescent lamp that we could use – the first ones were too yellow. We set up a whole stage in New York with a battery of Cooper-Hewitts, and then used banks of incandescent lights. I shot a picture with it, and it was all right – they were in black and white anyway, colour value didn’t make a lot of difference. It took more lights, and was much hotter as I remember it. (…) This one was The False Faces with Henry Walthall. He was drinking at the time. I made this picture with Walthall in New York. He’d get so drunk that at the end of the picture I couldn’t get him to stand on his feet, so I had the set cut down, and he sat on a box and played the scene close-up of what it was when he was standing by the window, I remember that.

Irvin V. Willat, Film History, n. 1, 2000

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