Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Grifith Deal With Jolson -- June 6, 2023

Motion Picture News, 29-June-1923

According to this item, director DW Griffith "saw the possibilities of a blackface star when he found the role of the Negro retainer in "One Exciting Night" attracted the sympathy and admiration of audiences all over the country." The best known blackface performer in the country was hyper talented, hyperactive Al Jolson. 

Film Daily, 01-June-1923

"The story will probably be one of the series of Southern tales that Griffith intends making."

Film Daily, 04-June-1923

Meanwhile, Griffith managed the re-release of his first feature-length (almost) movie and his last for the Biograph, Judith of Bethulia.

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