On the Quiet

On the Quiet is a lost[1] 1918 American silent comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Chester Withey and starred John Barrymore. The film, based on an original 1901 play, was written by Augustus Thomas and served as a popular hit for William Collier, Sr.[2][3][4][5][6]

On the Quiet
Contemporary newspaper publicity
Directed byChester Withey
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byAugustus Thomas (play)
Charles E. Whittaker (scenario)
StarringJohn Barrymore
CinematographyWilliam Marshall
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
September 1, 1918
Running time
5 reels; 4,549 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[7] Robert Ridgway (Barrymore) is in love with Agnes Colt (Meredith), but her brother who is the guardian of her estate objects to Robert's wild escapades. They are married on the quiet. Robert goes back to college and promises to be good. Agnes's sister is jealous of her husband, a Duke, and to test their love the Duke holds a party in Robert's room. Agnes visits Robert while the party is in progress, and when her brother discovers her absence he goes to hunt her up. Robert and Agnes escape to a life saving station, don diving helmets, and hide at the bottom of the sea. Meanwhile, McGeachy (Belcher), who was a witness at the wedding, explains everything.


See also


  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: On the Quiet
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: On the Quiet at silentera.com
  3. On the Quiet as produced on Broadway at Hoyt's Theatre, February 11, 1901, 160 performances; IBDb
  4. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  5. John Barrymore: A Bio-Bibliography by Martin Norden, c. 1995
  6. John Barrymore Shakespearean Actor by Michael Morrison, c. 1997, p. 73
  7. "Reviews: On the Quiet". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (11): 47. September 7, 1918.

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