A Self-Made Failure

A Self-Made Failure is a lost[1] 1924 silent film feature comedy distributed by Associated First National Pictures, later First National Pictures. It was directed by William Beaudine and starred silent comic Lloyd Hamilton and then child actor Ben Alexander. At the time it was one of the longest comedy features ever made. While this film is lost, a trailer of it survives in the Library of Congress film collection.[2][3][4]

A Self-Made Failure
Directed byWilliam Beaudine
Produced byJ. K. McDonald
Written byJ. K. McDonald (story)
Tamar Lane (adaptation)
Violet Clark (scenario)
Lex Neal (scenario)
John Grey (scenario)
StarringLloyd Hamilton
CinematographyRay June
Barney McGill
Edited byH. P. Bretherton
Beth Matz
Distributed byAssociated First National Pictures
Release date
  • June 29, 1924 (1924-06-29)
Running time
8 reels
(7,345 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
(English intertitles)




  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:A Self-Made Failure
  2. A Self-Made Failure at silentera.com
  3. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  4. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artist Collection at The Library of Congress by The American Film Institute, c.1978 (for trailer)]

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