Fedora (1918 film)

Fedora is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by Edward José and written by Charles E. Whittaker, after the play with the same name by Victorien Sardou. The film stars Pauline Frederick, Alfred Hickman, Jere Austin, William L. Abingdon, and John Merkyl (as Wilmuth Merkyl). The film was released on August 4, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[3][4]

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Directed byEdward José
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Screenplay byCharles E. Whittaker
Based onFédora
by Victorien Sardou
StarringPauline Frederick
Alfred Hickman
Jere Austin
William L. Abingdon
Wilmuth Merkyl
CinematographyNed Van Buren
Hal Young
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 4, 1918 (1918-08-04)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[5] Fedora (Frederick), a Russian princess of wealth and beauty and engaged to Count Vladimir Androvitch (Merkyl), vows to bring the murderer of the Count to justice after he is mysteriously slain. She traces the assassin to Paris and poses as a Russian exile. By the practice of her wiles she induces Louis Ipanoff (Austin) to fall in love with and wrings a confession from him. Ipanoff goes to Fedora's house and reveals the truth of her fiance's death, he having discovered Vladimir in Mme. Ipanoff's bedroom. When Fedora learns of her late fiance's perfidy, she declares her love for Ipanoff and screens him from the police until the Tsar can pardon him and they are finally married.



  1. "Fedora - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  2. "Fedora (1918) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: Fedora at silentera.com
  4. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..Fedora
  5. "Reviews: Fedora". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (7): 33. August 17, 1918.

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