Saturday, June 25, 2022

Ben Hur -- The Greatest Motion Picture Property in the History of the Screen -- June 25, 2022

Film Daily, 11-June-1922

The Goldwyn Company, which Samuel Goldwyn left in 1922, purchased the rights to the popular novel Ben Hur, published by Civil War general Lew Wallace in 1880. The book was adapted into a popular stage play in 1899. Future western star William S Hart played Messala. 

Film Daily, 11-June-1922

Several producers fought to win the motion picture rights to Ben Hur. There was a plan to make most of the movie abroad. 

Moving Picture World, 24-June-1922

After much struggle, the movie was released in 1925.

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