Beggar on Horseback (film)

Beggar on Horseback is a 1925 American comedy silent film, based upon the 1924 play written by Marc Connelly and George S. Kaufman. It was adapted for the screen by Walter Woods and directed by James Cruze. It stars Edward Everett Horton, Esther Ralston, Erwin Connelly, Gertrude Short, Ethel Wales, Theodore Kosloff and Betty Compson. It was released on August 24, 1925, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Beggar on Horseback
scene in the film
Directed byJames Cruze
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Adolph Zukor
Screenplay by
Walter Woods
StarringEdward Everett Horton
Esther Ralston
Erwin Connelly
Gertrude Short
Ethel Wales
Theodore Kosloff
Betty Compson
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
CinematographyKarl Brown
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 24, 1925 (1925-08-24)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


This film is about a young composer who is tempted to marry for money. He dreams (literally, falls asleep and dreams) of a nightmare of his life as the husband of a rich woman. From Photoplay magazine, 1925.



  • The film survives in the Library of Congress collection but is incomplete.[3][4]


  1. "Movie Review - Beggar on Horseback - THE SCREEN; The Composer's Nightmare. -". Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. "Beggar on Horseback". Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  3. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress (<-book title) p.13 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  4. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Beggar on Horseback
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