The Virgin of Stamboul
B&W : Seven reels
Directed by Tod Browning
Cast: Priscilla Dean [Sari], Wheeler Oakman [Captain Carlisle Pemberton], Wallace Beery [Achmet Hamid], Eugenie Forde [Sari’s mother], E.A. Warren [Yusef Bey], Edward Burns [Hector Baron], Nigel de Brulier [Captain Kassan], Ethel Ritchie [Resha], Clyde Benson [diplomat], Yvette Mitchell
The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, production; distributed by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated [A Universal-Jewel Production]. / Scenario by Tod Browning and William Parker, from the short story “Undraped” by H.H. Van Loan. Assistant directors, Fred Tyler, Frank Messenger and Leo McCarey. Cinematography by William Fildew. Edited by Viola Mallory. Music score arranged by M. Winkler. / © 23 March 1920 by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated [LP14919]. Premiered 21 March 1920 at Moss’s Broadway Theatre in New York, New York. Released 29 March 1920. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Some sources credit Agnes Parsons as coauthor of the original story. The working title The Virgin of Stamboul was changed to The Beautiful Beggar, then back to The Virgin of Stamboul for the final release. Location photography was shot at Oxnard, California, and in Arizona.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.4746.
Survival status: Print exists.
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Abductions - Americans (Abroad) - Animals: Horses - Beggars - Bribery - Constantinople - Crime: Murder - Death - Deserts - Harems - Kidnapping - Marriages: Forced - Mosques - Rescues - Sheiks - Soldiers of fortune - USA: Arizona - USA: California: Oxnard - Witnesses
Listing updated: 19 September 2008.
References: AFI-F1 n. F1.4746; Brownlow-Parade p. 277; Edmonds-BigU p. 107; Everson-American p. 154; Hirschhorn-Universal pp. 14, 34; Vermilye-Twenties p. 49.