Enchantment (1921 film)

Enchantment is a 1921 American silent romantic comedy film produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by Robert G. Vignola and starred Marion Davies. A print of the film exists in the Library of Congress.[1][2]

Directed byRobert G. Vignola
Produced byWilliam Randolph Hearst
Written byLuther Reed (scenario)
Based on"Manhandling Ethel"
by Frank Ramsey Adams
StarringMarion Davies
Forrest Stanley
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 30, 1921 (1921-10-30) (New York)
  • November 20, 1921 (1921-11-20) (U.S.)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Inspired by a staging of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Marion Davies plays Ethel, the spoiled-brat daughter of millionaire Mr. Hoyt (Tom Lewis). Mr. Hoyt decides that a rough-and-tumble he-man might be able to straighten out his daughter. To that end, the millionaire hires Ernest Eddison (Forrest Stanley), the actor playing Petruchio in Shrew. Ernest talks Ethel into auditioning for an amateur production of Sleeping Beauty, then runs her roughshod during rehearsals. Ethel is on the verge of exploding when Ernest finally wins her over with a lulu of a third-act kiss.



In her 11th film, Marion Davies stars as a willful flapper in a modern-day comedy/drama. Production was highlighted by a massive pageant set designed by Joseph Urban. This was the first of six Davies films directed by Robert G. Vignola and the first of four Davies films to co-star Forrest Stanley.[3]


The film was named as "Best Picture of the month" by Photoplay on February 1922.[4]


A DVD was released by Edward Lorusso with a music score by Donald Sosin in February 2014. The film was broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in November 2014 and again in August of 2017.


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Enchantment at silentera.com
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures produced in the United States 1921-30, c. 1971 by The American Film Institute, p. 214
  3. Lorusso, Edward (2017) The Silent Films of Marion Davies, CreateSpace, pp. 53-54.
  4. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Films in Review, Volume 23, 1972, p.327
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