Sapho (1917 film)

Sapho is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Hugh Ford and written by Hugh Ford and Doty Hobart. The film stars Pauline Frederick, Frank Losee, John St. Polis, Pedro de Cordoba, and Thomas Meighan. It is based on the novel Sapho by Alphonse Daudet.[1][2] The film was released on March 11, 1917, by Paramount Pictures. It is not known whether the film currently survives.[1]

Directed byHugh Ford
Produced byDaniel Frohman
Screenplay byHugh Ford
Doty Hobart
Based onSapho
by Alphonse Daudet
StarringPauline Frederick
Frank Losee
John St. Polis
Pedro de Cordoba
Thomas Meighan
CinematographyNed Van Buren
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 1917 (1917-03-11)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)




Like many American films of the time, Sapho was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut of the view of Jean pointing at the bed and accusing Sapho.[3]


  1. "Sapho". Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  2. "Sapho". AFI. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  3. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (3): 31. January 12, 1918.
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