Vintage original 6.5 x 8.5 in. US single-weight glossy photograph from the teens silent film drama/romance, OLD HEIDELBERG, released in 1915 by Triangle Distributing Corp. and directed by John Emerson. The image features an interior shot of the film's leading lady, Dorothy Gish, wearing a period hairstyle and depicted in profile. This photograph is somewhat unusual for the time in that it features credits above the bottom border and is dated 1915. This example was unused and is in very fine condition as shown. *"Old Heidelberg is a 1915 American silent romance film directed by John Emerson and starring Wallace Reid, Dorothy Gish and Karl Formes. It is an adaptation of the 1901 play Old Heidelberg by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster, the first of five film versions which have been made. The film still survives, unlike many productions of the era."
*"According to many modern sources, John Emerson hired Erich von Stroheim as a technical advisor and as an assistant director on this film. After the film opened, the Shubert Co. sued the Triangle Film Corp. and Fine Arts for copyright infringement, claiming that the scenario was based on an English translation of the stage version of the Meyer-Förster novel for which the Shubert Co. owned the rights, but a judge dismissed the suit in late 1918 after determining that the film was based on an English translation of the novel, written by Max Chapelle (pseudonym of Max Schaaf) in 1903. The actor Erik von Ritzau was listed erroneously in reviews as Erik von Titzau. The 1924 operetta The Student Prince with book and lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly and music by Sigmund Romberg was based on the novel. Other films based on the novel or the operetta include The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, a 1927 M-G-M film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5452), and The Student Prince, a 1954 M-G-M film directed by Richard Thorpe and featuring Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom and the voice of Mario Lanza."*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)
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