Public Be Damned

Public Be Damned is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Stanner E.V. Taylor and starring Mary Fuller, Charles Richman and Chester Barnett. The film's negative portrayal of food hoarding at a time of increased shortages due to the American entry into World War I led to it being publicly endorsed by Herbert Hoover, who shot a prologue to introduce the film. It was followed shortly afterwards by a similarly-themed production The Food Gamblers by Allan Dwan.[1]

Public Be Damned
Directed byStanner E.V. Taylor
Written byStanner E.V. Taylor
StarringMary Fuller
Charles Richman
Chester Barnett
Public Rights Film
Distributed bySelect Pictures
Release date
July 2, 1917
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles



  1. Lombardi p.77


  • Frederic Lombardi. Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios. McFarland, 2013.
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