Enoch Arden (1915 film)

Enoch Arden is a 1915 American short drama film directed by Christy Cabanne. It is based on the poem "Enoch Arden" by Tennyson.[1] Prints of the film exists at the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection[1] and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[2]

Enoch Arden
Film still of the wedding of Enoch and Annie
Directed byChristy Cabanne
Written byD. W. Griffith
Based on"Enoch Arden"
by Tennyson
StarringAlfred Paget
Lillian Gish
CinematographyWilliam Fildew
Distributed byMutual Films Corporation
Release date
  • April 8, 1915 (1915-04-08)
Running time
40 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Based on a summary in a film magazine,[3] Enoch, Annie, and Walter grow up as friends. Later, Annie decides to marry Enoch, but Walter, though bitter about the decision, remains their friend. Enoch and Annie have two children. Then business takes Enoch on a sailing voyage, which he states will take less than one year, and he asks Walter to look over his family while he is gone. Enoch does not return, and Walter dutifully cares after Enoch's wife and children. After ten years word comes of a wreck seen in the Pacific, and everyone believes Enoch has died. Walter and Annie then marry. One night a stranger comes to the house and through a window sees Walter, Annie, and the children happy. The stranger, who is Enoch, finds an old woman who tells him what happened. Enoch tells her to keep his secret, and then leaves. He later dies with a smile on his face.


1922 reissue

The film was reissued in 1922 under the title The Fatal Marriage by Robertson-Cole.[4]


The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Enoch Arden". silentera.com. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  2. American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Enoch Arden
  3. "Enoch Arden". Reel Life. Chicago: Mutual Film Corp. 6 (2): 16. March 20, 1915. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  4. "Lillian Gish and Wallace Reid in The Fatal Marriage". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (24): 11. June 10, 1922.
  5. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved August 19, 2016.
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