Seven Keys to Baldpate


1917

Brief Synopsis

A writer bets a friend that he can write a 10,000-word novel in 24 hours. The friends takes the bet, and gives him the keys to his Baldpate Inn, which has been closed for the winter, so he can write in complete seclusion. Things start heating up, though, when a succession of people who also have keys to the inn begin showing up.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 27, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Cohan Feature Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers (Indianapolis, 1913) and the play of the same name by George M. Cohan (New York, 22 Sep 1913).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

Synopsis

Writer George Washington Magee arrives at Baldpate Inn to win a bet from its owner by beginning a novel at midnight one day and finishing it by midnight the next. He is interrupted in his endeavor by John Bland, who comes to the inn to bribe mayor Jim Cargan into awarding his boss, Thomas Haydan, a building contract. Magee locks Bland in a room, only to be interrupted once more by Mary Norton, a newspaper reporter on the trail of the bribe story. A series of interruptions follow which include gunplay, the theft of money and visits by Myra Thornhill, her accomplice Lou Max and the mayor himself. As the clock strikes twelve, however, Magee finishes his book and it is revealed that the entire proceeding has been a fantasy which he embodied in the book.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 27, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Cohan Feature Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers (Indianapolis, 1913) and the play of the same name by George M. Cohan (New York, 22 Sep 1913).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

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Notes

This film was shot at the Famous Players studio in New York City. Cohan's production company was called variously the George M. Cohan Film Corp. and the Cohan Feature Film Co. in news items appearing at the time of the company's formation. Reviews for the films, while referring to Cohan's company, do not give a specific name. The film opened the week of August 26, 1917 in New York.
       Cohan's play and Earl Derr Biggers' novel were the basis for a film made in Australia in 1915 with Monte Luke directing. Two screen versions were made in the 1920s: by Paramount in 1925, with Douglas MacLean starring and Fred Newmeyer directing; and by RKO in 1929, with Richard Dix starring and Reginald Barker directing. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30.) RKO filmed the story twice more: in 1935, with Gene Raymond starring and William Hamilton and Edward Killy directing; and in 1947, with Phillip Tracy starring and Lew Landers directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).