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The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House (1922)

Fultah Fisher runs a boarding house catering to seamen passing through the port. A girl known as Anne of Austria has had many lovers amongst the sailors, but presently she's known to be the... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Frank Capra (scenario), Rudyard Kipling (poem) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mildred Owens Mildred Owens ... Anne of Austria
Ethan Allen Ethan Allen ... Salem Hardieker
Olaf Skavlan Olaf Skavlan ... Hans
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerald Griffin Gerald Griffin ... (archive footage)
Oreste Seragnoli Oreste Seragnoli
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Fultah Fisher runs a boarding house catering to seamen passing through the port. A girl known as Anne of Austria has had many lovers amongst the sailors, but presently she's known to be the "property" of Salem Hardieker, a tough Bostonian. When Anne's eye drifts to a new potential lover, Hans the Dane, he spurns her, knowing she's Salem's girl. But hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fultah Fisher's Boarding House See more »

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Budget:

$1,700 (estimated)
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Fireside Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Frank Capra received $75 for directing this, his first film. See more »

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Capra's Debut
5 August 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Fulta Fisher's Boarding House (1922)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This film is based on the Rudyard Kipling poem and tells the story of a port where seamen stop to drink, fight and pass out. Anne of Austria (Mildred Owens) is the popular woman that everyone loves to flirt with but she's with Hans (Olaf Skavlan) who soon finds himself in a fight over her.

FULTA FISHER'S BOARDING HOUSE is best remembered today because it was the first film directed by the one and only Frank Capra. Watching this film today there's certainly nothing here that tells you the man behind the camera would become a legend but at the same time he does a nice job with the material. The "material" is rather lacking as there's really not too much that happens. There's the introductions that are done very well. We then see a fight and then the conclusion. I did like the setting of the film and thought Capra did a good job with what he had to work with. Mildred Owens is okay in the lead role but she's certainly nothing special.


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