The Dumb Girl of Portici
B&W : Eleven reels
Directed by Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley
Cast: Anna Pavlova [Fenella], Rupert Julian [Masaniello], [?] Wendworth Harris or Wadsworth Harris? [Duke d’Arcos], Douglas Gerrard [Alphonso], John Holt [Conde], Betty Schade [Isabella], Edna Maison [Elvira], Hart Hoxie (Jack Hoxie) [Perrone], William Wolbert [Pietro], Laura Oakley [Rilla], N. De Brouillet (Nigel de Brulier) [Father Francisco], George A. Williams, Lois Wilson, Boris Karloff [extra]
The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, production; distributed on State Rights basis by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated [Universal Special Feature]. / Scenario by Lois Weber, from the opera La muette de Portici (also known as Masaniello) by Daniel François Esprit Auber (music), Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne (libretto). Technical direction by Frank Ormston. Assistant directors, Billie Carr, Harold Warner Lloyd and Nate C. Watt. Cinematography by Dal Clawson, Al Siegler and R.W. Walter. Music score arranged by Adolph Schmidt. / © 15 January 1916 by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated [LP7436]. Released April 1916. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Pavlova earned $50,000 for this, her debut role in motion pictures. Karloff’s film debut. The film was also released in the USA in eight and seven-reel versions.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in Hirschhorn-Universal p. 22.
Survival status: Print exists in the National Film and Television Archive of the British Film Institute film archive.
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Women directors
Listing updated: 22 May 2012.
References: Drew-Speaking pp. 251-252, 288; Edmonds-BigU p. 87; Hirschhorn-Universal p. 22; Nollen-Karloff pp. 10, 31, 349; Tarbox-Lost pp. 232, 235, 254 : ClasIm-240 p. 47 : Documentary-Slide : Website-AFI; Website-BFI.