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  Colleen Moore and Gary Cooper.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Lilac Time
(1928) American
B&W : Eleven reels / 9108 feet / 100 minutes
Directed by George Fitzmaurice

Cast: Colleen Moore [Jeannine Berthelot], Gary Cooper [Captain Philip Blythe], Burr McIntosh [General Blythe], Cleve Moore [Captain Russell, the flight commander], Kathryn McGuire [Lady Iris Rankin], Eugenie Besserer [Madame Berthelot], Emile Chautard [the mayor], Jack Stone [an infant], Edward Dillon [?] [Corporal ‘Smitty’ or Mike, the mechanic]?, George Cooper [Sergeant Hawkins, the mechanic’s helper], Arthur Lake [the dying officer], Philo McCullough [German officer], Nelson McDowell [French drummer], Dick Grace [pilot], Stuart Knox [pilot], Harlan Hilton [pilot], Richard Jarvis [pilot], Jack Ponder [pilot], Dan Dowling [pilot], Bob Blair [pilot], Frank Baker [pilot], Clement Phillips [pilot], Edward Clayton, Paul Hurst

John McCormick Productions production; distributed by First National Pictures, Incorporated. / Produced by George Fitzmaurice. Scenario by Carey Wilson, from the adaptation by Willis Goldbeck of the play adaptation Lilac Time by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin based on a book by Guy Fowler. Song “Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time” by L. Wolfe Gilbert. Researcher, Cullen Tate. Art direction by Horace Jackson. Assistant director, Cullen Tate. Technical flight commander, Dick Grace. Technical expert, Captain L.J.S. Scott. French military experti, Captain Robert De Couedic. Ordinance expert, Harry Redmond. Cinematography by [?] Sidney Wilcox or Sidney Hickox? Aerial cinematography by Alvin Knechtel. Intertitles by George Marion Jr. Edited by Al Hall. Music by Nathaniel Shilkret (Nat Shilkret). Presented by John McCormick. / © 17 September 1928 by First National Pictures, Incorporated [LP25618]. Premiered 3 August 1928 in New York, New York. Released 18 October 1928. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. [?] Firnatone sound system and/or RCA Photophone sound-on-film sound system and/or Western Electric Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system? / Playwright-actress Jane Cowl appeared in a stage play version of this story. Pilot Frank Baker was killed during production in a flying accident. [?] Some theaters advertised the film’s sound system as RCA Photophone. The film was also released in the USA in a silent version (at 8817 feet) by First National Pictures, Incorporated, in 1928. / Silent film, with talking sequence, synchronized music and sound effects.

Drama: War.

Survival status: Print exists.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Airplanes - France - Pilots - Synchronized sound film - USA: California

Listing updated: 9 February 2011.

References: Brownlow-Parade p. 571; Drew-Speaking pp. 162-163, 178-179, 181, 282; Edmonds-BigU pp. 57, 58; Limbacher-Feature p. 141; Parish-Combat pp. 248-249; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 198-201 : ClasIm-220 p. 42 : Website-AFI : with additional information provided by Lori Howington.

Home video: DVD.

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