What happened to the last print of The Miracle Man (1919)?

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What happened to the last print of The Miracle Man (1919)?

PostSun Apr 15, 2018 10:17 am

A complete print of Lon Chaney's "The Miracle Man" existed in 1935, and a couple excerpts were included in Paramount's "Movie Memories" (1935). I cannot locate any reference to a vault fire, but realize that many production houses disposed of their silent film holdings. Do any production records indicate what happened to Paramount's print?
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Re: What happened to the last print of The Miracle Man (1919

PostSun Apr 15, 2018 11:43 am

It most likely deteriorated with the rest of Paramount's silents - roughly 80% are gone. They didn't junk their films in bulk as Universal did, but their policy was to discard anything that was beginning to decompose. If one reel started to go, the whole feature was discarded. The remaining survivors were donated to LOC in the late 60s, IIRC.

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