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The Port of Missing Girls

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The Port of Missing Girls
Directed byIrving Cummings
Written byHoward Estabrook (story & scenario)
Viola Brothers Shore (intertitles)
Produced byBrenda Pictures Corporation
StarringBarbara Bedford
Hedda Hopper
Malcolm McGregor
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byGeorge Nichols Jr.
Distributed byBrenda Pictures Corporation and or Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 1928 (1928-03)
Running time
8 reels; (7,250 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Port of Missing Girls is a 1928 silent film directed by Irving Cummings. It stars Barbara Bedford and Hedda Hopper making it one of the rare occasions Hopper actually starred in a film. This film is preserved in the Library of Congress.[1][2][3]



In the July 31, 1928 issue of the New York Daily News, the newspaper's film critic Irene Thirer began grading movies on a scale of zero to three stars. Three stars meant 'excellent,' two 'good,' and one star meant 'mediocre.' And no stars at all 'means the picture's right bad,'" wrote Thirer. The Port of Missing Girls received one star; Carl Bialik speculates that this may have been the first time a film critic used a star-rating system to grade movies.[4]


  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog 1921-30; published by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  2. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..The Port of Missing Girls
  3. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.144 c.1978 the American Film Institute
  4. ^ Bialik, Carl (January 23, 2009). "Let's Rate the Ranking Systems of Film Reviews: The Stars, Grades and Thumbs Applied to Movies Suffer From Lackluster Performance, Low Production Values". Wall Street Journal.

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