It’s an interesting image of robots and dancing girls, all performing for a film. The photograph is supposedly from round 1927. And whereas I like outdated films and I like robots, I can’t for the lifetime of me work out what this photograph is from. I want your assist.
The photograph above is licensed by Getty Photos, an company that usually has fairly thorough descriptions of their photographs. However for some cause this photograph doesn’t embody a lot info in any respect. The outline reads: “circa 1927: A gaggle of refrain women in an unknown movie.” Thanks, Getty.
My first thought was the 1930 movie Just Imagine, a musical science fiction film that’s simply bizarre sufficient to have a scene like this. However I don’t assume that’s it. However what else may or not it’s? The one robotic film from 1927 that I can consider is Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, however clearly that’s not proper. Even the prolonged reduce doesn’t have a scene anyplace near this.
So what’s it? I’m inclined to assume that perhaps it’s a scene from some early 1930s musical which will have gotten misplaced to historical past. Sadly, there are fairly a couple of films that you just can’t discover anymore. It’s estimated that roughly half of all American films made earlier than 1950 are completely misplaced. And maybe 90 % of films made earlier than 1927.
Please assist. And if it’s so apparent that I ought to’ve identified all alongside please be at liberty to mercilessly ridicule me. I promise I deserve it.
Replace, 1:38pm: It was first recommended that it’s from the 1924 film Lilies of the Discipline, which has certainly been misplaced to historical past:
However! It’s in all probability from the 1930 remake of the 1924 model, as pointed out by John Overholt, Curator of Early Fashionable Books & Manuscripts at Harvard’s Houghton Library. You possibly can even watch a clip from the movie on YouTube, even though a duplicate of the complete movie not exists:
Apparently the one cause that this dance sequence, known as the “Mechanical Ballet,” survives is as a result of it was re-used in a 1932 movie titled The Tenderfoot.
From the Wikipedia description for the 1930 movie:
Lilies of the Discipline is a 1930 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Alexander Korda, and starring Corinne Griffith, Ralph Forbes, and John Loder. It was a remake of the silent 1924 movie Lilies of the Field, by which Griffith had performed the identical function.Each movies have been primarily based on a 1921 play of the identical title by William J. Hurlbut. Lilies of the Discipline was Griffith’s first all-dialogue movie. The movie is not associated in any approach to the 1963 film of the same name, which starred Sidney Poitier.
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