Quality Street (1927 film)

Quality Street is a 1927 MGM silent film based on the 1901 play by James M. Barrie which starred Barrie favorite Maude Adams. The film starred Marion Davies and Conrad Nagel and was directed by Sidney Franklin. Prints of this film are preserved at the Library of Congress and in the Turner Archive.[2][3][4]

Quality Street
Directed bySidney Franklin
Produced byMarion Davies
Irving Thalberg
William Randolph Hearst (uncredited)
Written byAlbert Lewin
Hans Kraly
Based onQuality Street
by J.M. Barrie
StarringMarion Davies
Conrad Nagel
CinematographyHendrik Sartov
Edited byBen Lewis
Distributed byMetro Goldwyn Mayer
Release date
November 1, 1927 (1927-11-01)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

In 2002, the film saw a release onto DVD by the Milestone Films and Video company releasing through Image Entertainment.[5]

There was also a sound film version made in 1937, starring Katharine Hepburn.



In her 26th film, Marion Davies starred in this romantic drama as a young woman about to be married when the man (Conrad Nagel) suddenly goes off to war. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Davies made her last silent "costume picture." She plays both Phoebe and (years later) the invented niece Livvy. This was only the second film in which Davies played an "old and faded" woman. The other was in The Young Diana. Davies won rave reviews, but the film was not a success. It earned the lowest gross receipts of all her MGM silent films.


See also


  1. Slide, Anthony. Silent Topics: Essays on Undocumented Areas of Silent Film. Scarecrow Press. p 26
  2. Quality Street at the silentera.com database
  3. Catalog of holdings, the American Film Institute collection and the United Artists collection at the Library of Congress page 147 published by The American Film Institute c.1978
  4. Quality Street, original 1901 Broadway Production upon which the 1927 film is based produced at the Knickerbocker Theatre November 11, 1901-January 1902; IBDb.com
  5. Quality Street dvd specifics, at silentera.com
  6. Lorusso, Edward (2017) The Silent Films of Marion Davies, CreateSpace, pp. 143-144.
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