Paradise Garden

Paradise Garden is a lost[1] 1917 American silent comedy romance film starring Harold Lockwood and directed by Fred J. Balshofer. The film is based on a novel, Paradise Garden, by George Gibbs and has a feature role for Virginia Rappe, who would soon be more famous for her death under mysterious circumstances that were sensationalized by the media. Metro Pictures distributed the film.[2][3]

Paradise Garden
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Directed byFred J. Balshofer
Produced byYorke Productions
Written byFred Balshofer (scenario)
Based onParadise Garden
by George Gibbs
StarringHarold Lockwood
Vera Sisson
Virginia Rappe
CinematographyTony Gaudio
Yorke Film Corporation
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • October 1, 1917 (1917-10-01)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


  • Harold Lockwood - Jerry Benham
  • Vera Sisson - Una Habberton
  • Virginia Rappe - Marcia Van Wyck
  • William Clifford - Roger Canby
  • Lester Cuneo - Jack Ballard
  • G. Sprotte - Henry Ballard
  • Catherine Henry - Miss Gore
  • George Hupp - Jerry Benham, as child (credited as Little George Hupp)
  • Olive Bruce - (undetermined role)
  • Harry DeRoy - (undetermined role)


Like many American films of the time, Paradise Garden was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required cuts of two scenes of couple standing before a nude painting in background and of the closeup of the girl's back after her gown was torn from her shoulder.[4]


  1. "Paradise Garden". 29 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  3. "Abbreviated View of Movie Page". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  4. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (18): 33. October 27, 1917.
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