A Daughter of Two Worlds

A Daughter of Two Worlds is a surviving 1920 silent film adventure drama directed by James Young and starring Norma Talmadge, Jack Crosby, and Virginia Lee.[1][2]

A Daughter of Two Worlds
Directed byJames Young
Produced byJoseph Schenck
Norma Talmadge
Written byJames L. Young
Edmund Goulding
Based onA Daughter of Two Worlds
by Leroy Scott
StarringNorma Talmadge
CinematographyDavid Abel
Distributed byFirst National
Release date
  • January 5, 1920 (1920-01-05)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Jennie Malone (Talmadge), daughter of prominent underworld figure Black Jerry Malone (Sheridan), is arrested for forgery. A friend of her father's pays her bail, and she is sent to boarding school, jumping the bail. There she is educated and becomes a lady. At the home of her friend Sue Harrison (Lee), a daughter of wealth, she meets and falls in love with Kenneth Harrison (Cosby), and they become engaged. Then Harry Edwards (Rooney), an acquaintance and would be sweetheart of her former world, appears and urges her to return to his element. Slim Jackson (Shea), a dancer, to shield whom Jennie had shouldered the charge of forgery, seeks to collect money from her on threat of exposure. Her father thrashes the young man and bids him to leave her alone. A detective is murdered and Harry Edwards is convicted of the crime and sentenced to death. Jennie alone can save him by telling the truth that he was with her when the shot was fired. She confesses the truth to the Harrisons and saves Edwards, and then returns to her father's house to live. It is at this point the happy ending comes with the Harrisons reaching through the social barrier between them.


Preservation status


  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:A Daughter of Two Worlds
  2. A Daughter of Two Worlds at silentera.com
  3. "Reviews: A Daughter of Two Worlds". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (6): 54. February 7, 1920.
  4. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: ..A Daughter of Two Worlds
  5. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress (<-book title) p.41 c.1978 the American Film Institute
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