The American (1927 film)
The American, a.k.a. The Flag Maker, is a lost 1927 American silent Western film directed by J. Stuart Blackton and starring Bessie Love and Charles Ray. It was based on the short story "The Flag Maker" by Jewel Spencer, and was produced by George K. Spoor through his company Natural Vision Pictures.
|Directed by||J. Stuart Blackton|
|Produced by||George K. Spoor|
|Written by||Marian Constance Blackton (scenario)|
|Based on||"The Flag Maker" (short story)|
by Jewel Spencer
Natural Vision Pictures
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
A rich Turk Seref is released from an American prison after 20 years, with plans to exact revenge on the fiancee who had betrayed him.
The Natural Vision process required the action to be filmed on two cameras: one for production and one for the dailies. The production camera was set back unusually far from the action, and subsequently filmed only wide shots and no close-ups.
However, producer Spoor refused to release the film because it was "poorly made". Director Blackton protested, claiming that he had not been allowed to complete the picture, and had not been fully paid for his work.
- Waller, Tom (March 12, 1927). "Hollywood". Moving Picture World. p. 99.
- Love, Bessie (1977). From Hollywood with Love: An Autobiography of Bessie Love. London: Elm Tree Books. p. 153. OCLC 734075937.
- Dewey 2016, p. 218
- Dewey 2016, p. 216
- Tildesley, Ruth M. (February 1927). "A Dream Comes True". The Motion Picture Director of Hollywood. pp. 8, 10, 16.
- Dewey 2016, p. 217
- "'The American' The First Natural Vision Motion Picture". Hollywood Topics. 1926. p. 14.
- "Changed to 'The Flag Maker'". Exhibitors Daily Review. February 5, 1927. p. 6.
- "Announce New Features for Roxy Theatre". Motion Picture News. February 18, 1927. p. 564.
- "Blackton Hits Spoor Claims". Hollywood Vagabond. Vol. 2 no. 2. October 6, 1927. p. 1.
- Works cited
- Dewey, Donald (April 15, 2016). Buccaneer: James Stuart Blackton and the Birth of American Movies. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-4259-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
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