The Call of Youth (1921)
The Call of Youth was the second Famous Players-Lasky British production.
The film was made between August and October 1920.
According to newspaper adverts, The Call of Youth included scenes shot on location in the Devonshire towns of Dawlish and Teignmouth. Other reported filming locations included Lynmouth and Lynton.
Release & Reception
The film was given a trade show in November 1920, along with The Great Day, and released the following year.
The following screening dates appeared in British local newspapers:
- 13-15/Apr/1922 — Pentridge Cinema, Oxford Road, Burnley
- 27-29/Apr/1922 — The Picture House, Commercial Road, Portsmouth
- 04-06/May/1922 — Electric Theatre, Grace Hill, Folkestone
- 08-10/May/1922 — The Picture House, Briggate, Leeds
- 11-13/May/1922 — Central Picture House, Prospect Street, Hull
- 22-24/May/1922 — King's, Sunderland
- 29(-31?)/May/1922 — Rialto, Beverley Road, Hull
- 09-10/Jun/1922 — Apollo Theatre, Albert Road, Portsmouth
- 15-17/Jun/1922 — King's Hall, Biggin Street, Dover
- 26-28/Jun/1922 — The Picture House, Silverhill, Hastings, East Sussex
- 07-08/Jul/1922 — White Hall, Derby
- 12/Jul/1922 — Hillcrest Picture House, Harehills Lane, Leeds
- w/c 24/Jul/1922 — Strand Kinema, Lake Road, Portsmouth
- 08-09/Aug/1922 — The Palace, Baldwin Street, Bristol
- 25/Aug/1922 — Her Majesty's, Dundee
- 14-16/Sep/1922 — Empire, Parkend Road, Gloucester
- 28-29/Sep/1922 — Alhambra, "Near the Mitre", Burnley
- 12-14/Oct/1922 — The Picture House, Grantham
- 11-12/Nov/1922 — Picture House, High Street, Whitstable
- 04-06/Dec/1922 — Palace Theatre, James Street, Arbroath
Following completion of the film, director Hugh Ford returned to America, leaving the film industry to concentrate on producing stage shows. He spoke about his experiences in England to the Exhibitors Herald trade paper:
Notes & References
- London's Hollywood: The Gainsborough Studio in the Silent Years (2014) by Gary Chapman
- Variety (17/Dec/1920) - The Call of Youth
- Reported in the Burnley News (12/Apr/1922).
- Reported in the Portsmouth Evening News (26/Apr/1922).
- Reported in the Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald (29/Apr/1922).
- Reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post (08/May/1922).
- Reported in the Hull Daily Mail (10/May/1922).
- Reported in the Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette (24/May/1922).
- Reported in the Hull Daily Mail (26/May/1922). It's unclear from the newspaper if the film only ran on Monday 29th or through to Wednesday 31st.
- Reported in the Portsmouth Evening News (09/Jun/1922).
- Reported in Dover Express (09/Jun/1922)
- Reported in Hastings and St Leonards Observer (24/Jun/1922).
- Reported in the Derby Daily Telegraph (04/Jul/1922).
- Reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post (12/Jul/1922).
- Reported in the Portsmouth Evening News (22/Jul/1922) and Portsmouth Evening News (25/Jul/1922).
- Reported in the Western Daily Press (08/Aug/1922).
- Reported in the Dundee Courier (25Aug/1922).
- Reported in the Gloucestershire Chronicle (09/Sep/1922) and Gloucestershire Chronicle (16/Sep/1922).
- Reported in the Burnley News (27/Sep/1922).
- Reported in the Grantham Journal (07/Oct/1922).
- Reported in the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald (11/Nov/1922).
- Reported in the Arbroath Herald and Advertiser (01/Dec/1922).
- Exhibitors Herald (06/Nov/1920) - Hugh Ford Back in U.S. After Directing Two Paramount Films in England