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Olive Thomas Collection, The

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In the heyday of silent films, a winsome ingénue named Olive Thomas — affectionately dubbed "Ollie" by her friends and fans — possessed a seemingly charmed life. Born in the coal mining town of Charleroi, Pennsylvania in 1894, her astonishing beauty and spirit carried her to New York City where she found fame and fortune. She became a favorite of illustrators, the ‘Darling of the Conde Nast crowd,’ the mascot of the New York Yankees and a Ziegfeld Follies lovely. It wasn’t long before she made the transition to star of the cinema.

The Flapper is an exceedingly charming comedy about small town girl Ginger King, who attends an East Coast boarding school and dreams of romantic adventures. Ginger feels she has outgrown her young boyfriend and flirts with an older man. In her efforts to become sophisticated she unwittingly gets mixed up with a couple of crooks who entrust her with a batch of stolen jewels. Ginger returns home from school wearing the jewels and playing the ‘jaded vamp.’ When the crooks come after her, she realizes she must overcome her childish dreams and save the day! Norma Shearer and her sister Athole, make their first film appearance in The Flapper.

Olive Thomas: Everybody’s Sweetheart explores the life and death of one of the first onscreen flappers. By the time she appeared in the movie, she had completed more than seventeen films! But beneath the glitter of success, Olive had her share of tragedy and heartache. Her death under mysterious circumstances in Paris just a month before her 26th birthday shocked the world. It was the very first of the Hollywood scandals soon followed by the deaths of Virginia Rappe, William Desmond Taylor and Wallace Reid. Narrated by Rosanna Arquette, this irresistible documentary features rare clips from Olive’s films and interviews with director Allison Anders, Richard Ziegfeld and Daniel Selznick. The Olive Thomas Collection reveals what a great loss Olive’s death was to cinema, or as producer David O. Selznick said of this tragedy, she was "a dancing sunbeam suddenly snuffed out like a candle."

THE FLAPPER. USA. 1920. B&W. 88 minutes. Director: Alan Crosland. Script by Frances Marion. Starring Theodore Westman Jr., Katherine Johnston, Arthur horseman and introducing Norma Shearer. Print courtesy of George Eastman House. Music Score by Robert Israel.

OLIVE THOMAS: EVERYBODY’S SWEETHEART. USA. 2004. Color/B&W. 54 minutes.Executive Producer: Hugh M. Hefner. Produced and written by Sarah Baker and Andi Hicks. Directed by Andi Hicks. Edited by Hugh Munro Neely. Narrated by Rosanna Arquette.

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Individuals and non-profit institutions purchasing DVDs, DVD-Rs, or Blu-rays — or streaming — at published home-use sale and rental prices are authorized to use the film only for private home screenings and legitimate classroom showings (a regularly scheduled class with an instructor present), per the United States Copyright Law. You can learn more about the distinction between classroom and public performance screenings here.


Through our distribution partner, Kino Lorber, Milestone provides a variety of licensing to suit all needs. Our standard institutional licensing packages are designed to provide colleges, universities and qualified non-profits with the best value for multiple uses, and our one-time community screening licenses allow any organization to exhibit high-quality films for a reasonable fee. Please note that all licensing carries restrictions on audience numbers and/or geographic range.


  • CLASSROOM RIGHTS allow unlimited use in face-to-face classroom situations for the life of the media, restricted to a single campus or location. Please note that this license doesn't include public screenings or digital transmission of any kind.
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For all educational licenses and screenings, please Estelle Grosso, Director of Educational and Non-Theatrical Sales & Distribution at Kino Lorber (Milestone’s distribution partner) at:

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Information for Exhibitors Screening DCPs and Film Prints

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DCPs are shipped insured for their cost via Federal Express or UPS and must be returned the same way or by an equivalent method. Shipping and handling charges for outgoing DCPs appear on your invoice. The immediate return or transshipment (as directed) of all DCPs is your responsibility.

DCPs should be returned to:

Milestone Film & Video
38 George Street
Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640-0128
United States 

35mm and 16mm prints are shipped insured for their cost via Federal Express or UPS and must be returned the same way or by an equivalent method. Please do not ship prints back via US Mail. Exhibitor pays to ship both ways. Shipping and handling charges for outgoing prints appear on your invoice. The immediate return of all prints is your responsibility.

Prints should be returned insured for $1,000 to:

Iron Mountain
Attn: Milestone Account
235 Main Street
Little Falls, NJ 07424

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Milestone is the exclusive licensor for all the titles in this catalog, all of which are available from Milestone’s distribution partner Kino Lorber. in their complete versions.


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