Janice Meredith

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Janice Meredith
Lobby card
Directed byE. Mason Hopper
E. J. Babille (assistant)
Written byLillie Hayward
Based onJanice Meredith
by Paul Leicester Ford and Edward Everett Rose
Produced byWilliam Randolph Hearst
StarringMarion Davies
Holbrook Blinn
Maclyn Arbuckle
Tyrone Power, Sr.
Joseph Kilgour
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Ira H. Morgan
Edited byWalter Futter
Music byDeems Taylor
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn
Release date
  • December 8, 1924 (1924-12-08)
Running time
153 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent film
English intertitles
Budget$1.5 million[1]

Janice Meredith, also known as The Beautiful Rebel, is a silent film starring Marion Davies, released in 1924 and based on the book and play A Colonial Girl written by Paul Leicester Ford and Edward Everett Rose.[2] The play opened at the end of 1900 and was the first starring vehicle for stage actress Mary Mannering. The movie follows the actions of Janice Meredith, who helps George Washington and Paul Revere during the American Revolutionary War.[3][4]


Janice Meredith film still, 1925
Harrison Ford and Marion Davies

Following a disappointment in love, Lord Brereton assumes the name of Charles Fownes, arranges passage to the American Colonies as a bondservant, and finds a place with Squire Meredith, a wealthy New Jersey landowner. When Charles falls in love with the squire's daughter, Janice, she is sent to live with an aunt in Boston. Janice learns of the planned British troop movement to the Lexington arsenal and gives the warning that results in Paul Revere's ride. Charles reveals his true station and becomes an aide to Washington. When he is captured by the British, Janice arranges his escape and later helps him learn the disposition of the British troops at Trenton. Janice returns to her home and agrees to marry Philemon Hennion, an aristocrat of her father's choosing. Charles and some Continental troops halt the wedding and confiscate the Meredith lands. Janice flees to Philadelphia, and Charles follows her. He is arrested but is freed when the British general, Howe, recognizes Charles as his old friend, Lord Brereton. Janice and her father retire with the British to Yorktown. During the bombardment by Washington's forces, Lord Clowes binds Janice and abducts her in his coach. Charles rescues her. With peace restored, Janice and Charles meet at Mount Vernon, where they are to be married in the presence of President Washington.



In her 19th film, Marion Davies starred as Janice Meredith in a story about the American Revolution. As with Yolanda, this film was not considered to be a hit, but the trade papers reported a record-breaking run at the Cosmopolitan Theater in New York. Exteriors were shot in New York with extended location shooting in Upstate New York. Hearst built a replica of Trenton, NJ, in Plattsburgh, and the Saranac River doubled for the Delaware. Other scenes were filmed on Lake Placid.[5] Screenland noted that Hearst spent $80,000 on the recreation of the Battle of Lexington. The film received generally good reviews. The large cast included W.C. Fields in his feature film debut. Davies and Fields had worked together in the 1916 edition of the "Ziegfeld Follies."[6]

Survival status[edit]

The existing print is actually the British version, which was titled The Beautiful Rebel.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Janice Meredith". August 13, 1924. p. 21. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. ^ "The Stage and Its People". Philadelphia Times. March 31, 1901. p. 36.
  3. ^ Janice Meredith at silentera.com
  4. ^ Janice Meredith as presented on Broadway at Wallack's Theatre, December 10, 1900 to February 1901, 92 performances; IBDb.com
  5. ^ MacKenzie, Mary (2007). "Lake Placid and the Silent Film Industry". In Manchester, Lee (ed.). The Plains of Abraham. A History of North Elba and Lake Placid. Utica, New York. pp. 360–361.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  6. ^ Lorusso, Edward (2017) The Silent Films of Marion Davies, CreateSpace, pp. 104-105.

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