Held by the Enemy (film)

Held by the Enemy is a lost[1] 1920 American silent Civil War melodrama film directed by Donald Crisp and based on the 1886 play by William Gillette. The film starred Agnes Ayres, Lewis Stone, and Jack Holt. It was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures.[2]

Held by the Enemy
Directed byDonald Crisp
Wilton Welch
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byBeulah Marie Dix
Based onHeld by the Enemy
by William Gillette
StarringAgnes Ayres
Lewis Stone
CinematographyC. Edgar Schoenbaum
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 24, 1920 (1920-10-24)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Rachel Hayne (Ayres), whose husband, a Southern soldier, is believed to have died in battle, renews a former love affair with Union fighter Colonel Charles Prescott (Holt). She also cultivates the friendship of another Northerner, Brigade Surgeon Fielding (Cain), for the purpose of obtaining quinine from him to pass on to Southern soldiers. Prescott is about to avow his love when the husband Captain Gordon Haine (Stone) returns. When Hayne is recaptured as a spy, Fielding accuses Prescott of trumping up the charge to dispose of the husband. Hayne escapes from his imprisonment, but is then recaptured, and after several incidents commits suicide. This leaves the love road free for his former wife, who never loved him, and the man to whom she has given her heart.



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