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09 October 2010 @ 06:43 pm
Siren of Hell  
Here is another reason why Siren of Hell has no stills to be found: it was a short!

However, it was a real film, shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey and directed by Raoul Walsh (one of his first movies). Theda Bara is the only listed cast member.

While a lost film, it is more lost than others. This information is the only I have been able to dig up about it!

HOWEVER, I discovered that Raoul Walsh did write about it and it was quite an interesting project. Seems the original title was Siren of Seville and they were building the set for it in Fort Lee in the middle of Winter...and soon what was to be sunny Seville was more like snowy Siberia. It was supposed to be a feature and the last of three that Walsh had contracted to do for Fox.

Fox himself was ready to pull the plug, but the sales men objected. One of them had told the theatres in his circuit that he had already seen the film!

So apparently Walsh came up with a compromise: make it a short film and re-title it. That way you could have a movie but still get it out on time. There is an excerpt in Fort Lee: The Film Town by Richard Koszarski, Indiana University Press, p.198 which originally came from Walsh's biography Each Man In His Time New York:Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974 (p.124 -132). I will have to get the whole thing (the page 198 is the only on-line available preview) to know more (which is why I say "apparently").
Marisa: I see what you did thereloxiearcane on November 20th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
That's cool sweetie, I didn't realize it was a short. Good detective work!