Cameo Kirby (1923 film)

Cameo Kirby is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by John Ford which starred John Gilbert and Gertrude Olmstead and featured Jean Arthur in her onscreen debut. It was Ford's first film credited as John Ford instead of Jack Ford.[1] It was based on a play by Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson. The story had been filmed as a silent before in 1914 with Dustin Farnum, who had originated the role on Broadway in 1909. The film was remade as a talking musical film in 1930.

Cameo Kirby
Directed byJohn Ford
Produced byWilliam Fox
Written byRobert N. Lee
Based onCameo Kirby (play)
by Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson
CinematographyGeorge Schneiderman
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 21, 1923 (1923-10-21) (USA)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Prints of the film exist in the UCLA Film and Television Archive and at the Cinemateca Portuguesa (Portuguese Film Archive), in Lisbon.[2]



  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Cameo Kirby". Silent Era. Retrieved March 3, 2008.
  2. "Cameo Kirby". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
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