The Final Close-Up

The Final Close-Up is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by Walter Edwards and written by Royal Brown and Julia Crawford Ivers. The film stars Shirley Mason, Francis McDonald, James Gordon, Betty Bouton, Eugene Burr, and Mary Warren. The film was released on May 18, 1919, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[3]

The Final Close-Up
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWalter Edwards
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Screenplay byRoyal Brown
Julia Crawford Ivers
StarringShirley Mason
Francis McDonald
James Gordon
Betty Bouton
Eugene Burr
Mary Warren
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 18, 1919 (1919-05-18)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Nora Nolan (Mason) works in the basement of a large department store. When she faints from the heat, she is advised to take a vacation. Jimmie Norton (McDonald), a newspaper reporter gathering materials for a hot weather story, overhears her say that she has but $4.12 to her name, so he borrows $200 from his wealthy father and sends it to Nora, and she departs for Winchester-by-the-Sea. Jimmy follows after being discharged by the newspaper and thrown on his own resources by his father. After a crook steals Nora's money, she is snubbed by the other hotel guests and ends up becoming a dishwasher to pay for her room. After overhearing some crooks planning to rob the hotel safe, she keeps them at bay with a frying pan while Jimmie's father Patrick (Gordon), who has conveniently arrived at the scene, binds them. The film ends with a final closeup of Nora and Jimmie.



  1. "The Final Close-Up (1919) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. "The Final Close-Up". AFI. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: The Final Close-Up at
  4. "Reviews: The Final Close-Up". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 8 (23): 42. May 31, 1919.

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