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Secrets(1933)

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May Edginton's story "Secrets" first appeared in Harper's Bazar [sic] in December 1918. This was legendary actress Mary Pickford's last film appearance. After retiring from the screen, she concentrated on her successful career as a businesswoman. According to the film's pressbook, "sling-shot champion" Charles Cline was responsible for breaking the dishes during the scene when the Houser gang attacks the Carltons, because real bullets could not be used. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Buddy Rogers, whom Pickford married in 1937, "lobbied heavily" to play the male lead. Hollywood Reporter also noted that plans to shoot on location in the Mojave Desert had to be abandoned because of adverse weather conditions. Rudolf Besier and May Edginton's play was first filmed in 1924 as a silent starring Norma Talmadge and directed by Frank Borzage (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4888). According to modern sources, a remake of the 1924 film, produced by and starring Mary Pickford, co-starring Kenneth MacKenna and entitled Forever Yours, was begun in the spring of 1930, but was halted one third of the way through production because Pickford was dissatisfied with the results. The 1930 footage, which was directed by Marshall Neilan and scripted by Benjamin Glazer, was later destroyed. Pickford turned over the project to Frances Marion and Frank Borzage, who, in 1933, announced that Gary Cooper would be cast in the leading role. Modern sources also note that the working title of the 1933 film was Yes, John, and that it was budgeted at $450,000. Modern sources list silent film star Elsie Janis as the film's technical and story advisor.