Vintage original 8 x 10 in. US lobby card from the silent film comedy/romance, IN AGAIN-OUT AGAIN, released in 1917 by Artcraft Pictures Corporation and directed by John Emerson.
The image features a medium shot of Teddy Rutherford (Douglas Fairbanks) and Janie Dubb (Arline Pretty) as he takes her hand in marriage while a priest watches the couple. The caption near the lower left corner reads "Teddy gets a life sentence." Her period wedding dress includes long white gloves in addition to a veil. It is unrestored in fine condition.
*"In Again, Out Again is a 1917 American silent comedy film directed by John Emerson and written by Anita Loos. The film stars Douglas Fairbanks, Arline Pretty, Walter Walker, Arnold Lucy, Helen Greene, Homer Hunt, and Albert Parker. The film was released on April 30, 1917, by Artcraft Pictures. A print of In Again, Out Again is preserved by the Museum of Modern Art, New York."
*"The start of principal photography was reported in the 17 March 1917 Motography. The film, known at the time by its working title, In and Out, was the first Douglas Fairbanks feature to be produced by the star’s own company for release through Artcraft Pictures Corp. Filming took place at the Gene Gauntier studio on West 54th Street in New York City. It was also noted that Majestic Motion Picture Co. had filed an injunction against Fairbanks and director John Emerson, restraining the latter from working for another studio. A court “set aside” the injunction, permitting Emerson and his wife, writer Anita Loos, to continue their association with Fairbanks and Artcraft.
On 24 March 1917, Moving Picture World announced the official title as In Again, Out Again. It was later revised to In Again--Out Again. Following the close of production, the 14 April 1917 Motion Picture News revealed that Fairbanks had previously appeared with cast member Ada Gilman in his first lead role on the stage. After Gilman reassured the nervous young actor on opening night, Fairbanks repaid the kindness by filling her dressing room with flowers, accompanied by a note of appreciation, which she had framed. When production on the film began, Gilman placed that same note on Fairbanks’s dressing table, along with a bouquet of flowers.
A related article credited the Excelsior Illustrating Co. of New York City with providing “announcement slides” for the picture. In Again--Out Again was released on 30 April 1917, preceded by a New York City opening during the week of 22 April 1917, marking the first anniversary of the Rialto Theatre. A Chicago, IL, opening followed on 29 April 1917 at the Studebaker Theatre. The 9 June 1917 Motion Picture Newsreported an engagement during the previous month at Clune’s Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. The film played to over 12,000 people on its opening day, which included a personal appearance by Fairbanks.
One month later, the 7 July 1917 Motography declared the picture to be a hit, noting that it was breaking box-office records throughout the U.S. The scenario was adapted by Lyon Mearson as a short story for the July 1917 Picture-Play. A short comedy, also titled In Again, Out Again, was released in early 1917 by the Nestor Film Co. According to the Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database, this film is extant."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)
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