Fascination (1922 film)

Fascination is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring his then wife Mae Murray. The film is based on an original story by Edmund Goulding who was soon to be a prolific film director.

Lantern slide for the film.
Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
Produced byRobert Z. Leonard
Screenplay byEdmund Goulding
Story byEdmund Goulding
StarringMae Murray
Creighton Hale
Helen Ware
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • April 10, 1922 (1922-04-10)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The story capitalizes on Murray's continuing forays into outlandish costume dramas.[1] It is not known whether the film currently survives,[1] suggesting that it is a lost film.


As described in a film magazine,[2] Dolores de Lisa (Murray), born of a Spanish father and American mother, combines the warm blood of the South with Yankee pep. To hold her in restraint, her aunt Marquesa (Fitzroy) takes her to Madrid. Dolores slips away from home on Easter day when the streets are filled with crowds going to the bullfight where, after obtaining a wig and costume, she occupies a box. She becomes fascinated with the toreador Carrita (Frazer), and the Count de Morera (Foote) offers to introduce her if she will agree to attend his ball. At the ball Dolores dances for the guests, and then joins a party at a cabaret where she meets the great Carrita. Her family meanwhile is searching the city for her, her father Eduardo de Lisa (Lane), her brother Carlos (Hale), and her sweetheart Ralph Kellogg (Coleman), having just arrived from the United States. Her father enters the cabaret and Parola (Ware), a faded cabaret singer, recognizes him and invites him to her room. Dolores follows them and hears Parola accuse Carlos of being the father of her son. As Carlos turns and starts down the stairs, Parola attempts to kill him with a heavy lamp but Dolores grabs it. Parola then turns on the daughter, but she is saved by the toreador. Parola tells Carrita that Carlos is his father and urges him to avenge her. Carrita leaves and before he can carry out his purpose, Parola admits that she lied and was only attempting to blackmail Carlos, which saves him from death at the hands of the toreador. Dolores arrives home bedraggled and completely cured of her desire for excitement, bullfights, and underworld cabarets. She happily sinks into her American sweetheart's arms.



  1. "Progressive Silent Film: Fascination". Silentera.com. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  2. "Reviews: Fascination". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (17): 61. April 22, 1922.
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