A Night in New Arabia

A Night in New Arabia is a lost 1917 four-reel silent film, directed by Thomas Mills.[2] It is based on the short story "A Night in New Arabia" from Strictly Business, a collection of 23 short stories by O. Henry published in 1910. The movie critic for the Moving Picture World, Margaret I. MacDonald, says that it "...is one of the best of the O. Henry four-part features".[3]

A Night in New Arabia
Directed byThomas R. Mills
Produced byVitagraph/Broadway Star Features Co.
Written byF. R. Buckley
Based onO. Henry
Distributed byGeneral Film Co.
Release date
  • October 22, 1917 (October 22, 1917)
Running time
4 reels (Approx. 60 min.)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles).[1]

The picture was part of the O. Henry Stories series of films produced by Vitagraph Studios/Broadway Star Features and distributed by the General Film Company. All based on O. Henry short stories, these pictures featured many of the same actors and included Friends in San Rosario, The Third Ingredient, The Marionettes, The Green Door, Past One at Rooney's, The Cop and the Anthem, The Gold That Glittered, The Duplicity of Hargraves, The Guilty Party, The Last Leaf and The Love Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein.[4]


  • Frank Glendon as Tom McLeod
  • Patsy De Forest as Celia Spraggins
  • Horace Vinton as Jacob Spraggins
  • Hattie Dalaro as Henrietta
  • Hazlan Drouart as Annette McCorkle[5]


  1. T., F. (November 10, 1917), "Photoplay Reviews: 'A Night in New Arabia'" (PDF), New York Dramatic Mirror, p. 25, retrieved June 18, 2019
  2. "Glendon in Another 'O. Henry'", Motography, 18 (19), p. 1009, November 10, 1917
  3. MacDonald, Margaret I. (November 17, 1917), "Two O. Henrys: 'The Enchanted Kiss' and 'A Night in New Arabia' Two Fine Specimens of O. Henry Philosophy in Film", Moving Picture World, p. 1032, retrieved June 18, 2019
  4. "Three O. Henry Players Return in 'The Last Leaf'", Motion Picture News, p. 4183, December 15, 1917, retrieved June 18, 2019
  5. Gevinson, Alan (1997). Within Our Gates: Ethnicity in American Feature Films, 1911–1960. American Film Institute Catalog (1st ed.). University of California Press. p. 1587. ISBN 0-520-20964-8.

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