The Price (1924 film)

The Price is a 1924 Australian silent film made with a largely amateur cast under the direction of Dunstan Webb. It is considered a lost film.

The Price
Directed byDunstan Webb
Written byMary Mallon
Produced byMary Mallon
StarringJames Alexander
Production
company
Australian National Films
Release date
18 October 1924
CountryAustralia
LanguagesSilent film
English intertitles
Budget£1,000[1]

SynopsisEdit

Tom Howard's wealthy parents want him to become a banker but he leaves home to become a jockey. He does not do well and decides to return home, only to read that his mother and father have been killed in a motor accident. Too ashamed to collect his inheritance, he buys an old horse and works as a cab driver in Sydney. He is eventually found in a hospital by his sister who persuades him to return home, where he reconciles with his former girlfriend.[1]

CastEdit

  • James Alexander as Tom Howard
  • Muriel Copeland as sister
  • Doris Brooks
  • Belle Bates
  • Eddie Hamilton (jockey)
  • Bert Ralton and His Havana Band
  • Jimmy McMahon

ProductionEdit

Mary Mallon formed her own company and spent less than £1,000 to make the movie. Shooting began in early 1924.[1] The movie featured several Sydney cabarets and racing stables, including Randwick Racecourse.[2][3] Some of the actors were amateurs cast from a competition.[4]

ReleaseEdit

Some screenings were accompanied by Dunstan Webb, who said he would talk to any members of the audience interested in appearing in future films made by the company.[5]

The costs were so low the film reportedly made a small profit.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 122.
  2. ^ "ELITE THEATRE". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 2 January 1925. p. 7. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 5 January 1925. p. 2. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 29 December 1924. p. 2. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 3 January 1925. p. 2. Retrieved 24 March 2012.

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