A Doll's House (1918 film)

A Doll's House is a 1918 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Artcraft Pictures, an affiliate of Paramount Pictures. It is the third American motion picture filming of Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House. Maurice Tourneur directed and Elsie Ferguson starred. This film is lost.[1][2][3][4]

A Doll's House
scene in the film
Directed byMaurice Tourneur
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byCharles Maigne (adaptation)
Maurice Tourneur (scenario)
Based onA Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen
StarringElsie Ferguson
CinematographyJohn van den Broek
Distributed byArtcraft Pictures
Release date
  • June 2, 1918 (1918-06-02)
Running time
5 reels (4,576 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Plot

As described in a film magazine,[5] to save her husband's life Nora Helmar (Ferguson) borrows a large sum of money and, after he has recovered, saying nothing to him, she slowly pays the debt. When Helmar (Herbert) discharges Krogstadt (Shannon), the moneylender, from the bank, Krogstadt threatens to expose Nora's act. Believing that her husband will condone what she has done, Nora confesses. Instead, he blames her. This unexpected action changes the doll-wife into a woman of the world, and as such she leaves her husband and three children to go out into the world and apply her knowledge of the serious side of life for her further education.

Cast

  • Elsie Ferguson as Nora Helmar
  • Holmes Herbert as Thorvald Helmar
  • Alex Shannon as Krogstadt
  • Ethel Grey Terry as Mrs. Linden
  • Warren Cook as Dr. Rank
  • Zelda Crosby as Ellen, the Maid
  • Mrs. R.S. Anderson as Anna, the Nurse
  • Ivy Ward as Helmar Child
  • Tula Belle as Helmar Child
  • Douglas Redmond as Krogstadt Child
  • Charles Crompton as Krogstadt Child

References

  1. Progressive Silent Film List: A Doll's House at silentera.com
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: A Doll's House
  4. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: A Doll's House
  5. "Reviews: A Doll's House". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (25): 28. June 15, 1918.


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