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His Picture in the Papers


From IMDb: A young man can only get the woman he loves if he becomes famous, and manages to get his picture in the newspapers. He determines to let nothing stand in the way of his doing exactly that, and in the process winds up getting involved with a gang of criminals and a locomotive chase. Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Clarence Handyside, Rene Boucicault, Jean Temple, Charles Butler, Loretta Blake, Homer Hunt, and Helena Rupport

His Picture in the Papers (1916 in film) is an American silent film comedy film written and directed by John Emerson (filmmaker). Anita Loos also wrote the film's scenario. The film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Loretta Blake and features Eric von Stroheim in a minor role.< name="silentera"></>

Plot summary

Pete Prindle, son of Proteus, a vegetarian health food manufacturer wishes to marry Christine Cadwalader. She agrees. However, Proteus considers his son lazy, with no contributions to the company and theore undeserving of his father's wealth. His daughters have their pictures in the newspaper of them promoting the company products. Cassius uses to consent to his daughter's hand since he believes Pete to be lazy as well, with no real stake in his father's company. Pete tries hard to get in the newspaper: He fakes a car accident, which gets an insignificant mention in the paper. He wins a boxing match, which turns out to be an illegally run ring which ends up being raided by police.
After a misunderstanding, he washes up on the shore in his pajamas after falling off a cruise ship, and proceeds to beat two police officers, his name is withheld by the newspaper. Finally, he saves many people on a train from a group of thugs intent on murdering Cassius by preventing a collision with another rail car. He receives a front page article in every major local newspaper and a large photo as well which pleases everyone.


  • Douglas Fairbanks as Pete Prindle
  • Clarence Handyside as Proteus Prindle
  • Rene Boucicault as Pansy Prindle
  • Jean Temple as Pearl Prindle
  • Charles Butler as Cassius Cadwalader
  • Loretta Blake as Christine Cadwalader
  • Homer Hunt as Melville
  • Helena Rupport as Olga
  • Eric von Stroheim as 'Eye Patch' Thug

Production notes

The film was produced by Fine Arts Film Company for $42,599.94, and distributed by the Triangle Film Corporation.< name="lenning"></></> Other sequences were shot in Yonkers, New York and Atlantic City, New Jersey. A boxing scene featured in the film was shot at Sharkey's Athletic Club, a boxing club, on Ninth Avenue (Manhattan) in Manhattan.</>

Category:1916 films
Category:1910s comedy films
Category:American films
Category:American comedy films
Category:American silent feature films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films directed by John Emerson
Category:Films shot in Atlantic City
Category:Films shot in Fort Lee
Category:Films shot in New York City
Category:Screenplays by Anita Loos
Category:Triangle Film Corporation films

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