||D.W. Griffith introducing Dream Street.
Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
B&W : Ten reels
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cast: Carol Dempster [Gypsy Fair], Ralph Graves [James ‘Spike’ McFadden], Charles Mack (Charles Emmett Mack) [Billie (Billy) McFadden], Edward Peil [Sway Wan], W.J. Ferguson [Gypsy’s father], Porter Strong [Samuel Jones], George Neville [Tom Chudder], Charles Slattery [the police inspector], Tyrone Power (Sr.) [the Minister of Good Words, a street preacher], Morgan Wallace [the Evil Influence, the masked violinist]
D.W. Griffith, Incorporated, production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Produced by D.W. Griffith. Scenario by Roy Sinclair (D.W. Griffith), from the short stories “Gina of Chinatown” and “The Lamp in the Window” by Thomas Burke. Set design by Charles M. Kirk. Technical supervision by Frank ‘Huck’ Wortman. Cinematography by Hendrik Sartov. Edited by James Smith and Rose Smith. Original music score arranged by Louis Silvers. Presented by D.W. Griffith. / © 14 June 1921 [LP16672]. Premiered 12 April 1921 at the Central Theatre in New York, New York. General release, 16 May 1921. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. Photo-Kinema sound-on-disc sound system sequences. / A spoken introduction by D.W. Griffith (and possibly some dialogue scenes) utilized the experimental Photo-Kinema sound system developed by Orlando Kellum. The sound-film results were unacceptable and the publicly-shown sound sequences were limited to a love song by Ralph Graves. The sound version of the film received limited showings at the Town Hall in New York, New York. The film was cut to nine reels for general release. / Silent film, with synchronized sound sequences.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.1438.
Survival status: Print exists in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive].
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: African-Americans abroad - Blackface - Chinese - Composers - Crowds: Panics - Dancers - Deaf persons - Death: Heart attacks, Murder - Early sound film - Evil - Fainting - Families: Brother-brother relationships. Father-daughter relationships - Fires - Gambling - Handkerchiefs - Hats - Hell - Informants - Jesus Christ - Law: Enforcement: Police: Constables, Detectives: Raids - Masks - Musical instruments: Violins - Musicians: Violinists - Pawnbrokers - Poets - Satan - Shyness - Singers - Street parties - Synchronized sound film - Theaters: Music halls - United Kingdom: England: London: Limehouse District - Vengeance - Weapons: Knives, Handguns (Pistols)
Listing updated: 25 February 2017.
References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.1438; Bardèche-History p. 202; Barry-Griffith pp. 35, 67, 69, 84; Everson-American pp. 76, 98, 171, 184; Fell-History pp. 56, 71; Geduld-Birth pp. 69, 70; Limbacher-Feature p. 68; Perry-British p. 60; Vermilye-Twenties p. 55 : Photoplay-192306 p. 10.
Home video: DVD.