Vintage original 11 x 14 in. US lobby card from the 1921 silent film version of RIP VAN WINKLE, released by the W.W. Hodkinson Corporation and directed by Edward Ludwig.The image depicts an exterior long shot of Rip Van Winkle (Joseph Jefferson) standing with an older woman in the center of the open area as she appears to be explaining something to her as the crowd of well-dressed citizens look at him with curiosity and amazement. It is unrestored in very fine- condition. A knowledgeable silent film collector has noted on the verso in pencil that this scene was filmed at the Lasky Ranch (later renamed the Paramount Ranch) in Agoura Hills, California, which is just north of Los Angeles.*"Rip Van Winkle is a 1921 American silent fantasy film, directed by Edward Ludwig. Starring Thomas Jefferson and Milla Davenport in the oft-filmed 1819 Washington Irving short story about Rip Van Winkle who falls asleep and wakes up 20 years later. It was made famous in the 19th century as a play by Thomas Jefferson's father, Joseph Jefferson, and Dion Boucicault. T. Jefferson had starred in a 1914 feature-length version of the story, which was re-released in 1921 just as this film was premiering. However, the two should not be confused as the same film, they are two different films starring the same actor."
*"Convivial idler Rip Van Winkle, disappointed in life because of domestic unhappiness, roams the Catskill Mountains where some strange little folk give him a drink that brings on a deep sleep. Twenty years later he awakens, unaware that he is an old man; discovers that times and surroundings have changed; and eventually is reunited with his wife, who has been tamed by an ill-tempered second husband."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)
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