Shore Acres (film)

Shore Acres is a 1920 American drama film directed by Rex Ingram that was based on the stage play by James A. Herne. It was adapted from the play by Arthur J. Zellner.[1]

Shore Acres
Directed byRex Ingram, Maxwell Karger
Written byArthur J. Zellner (scenario)
Based onShore Acres
by James A. Herne
StarringAlice Lake
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Edited byGrant Whytock
Screen Classics Inc.
Distributed byMetro Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • May 16, 1920 (1920-05-16)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The silent film was released on May 16, 1920, and runs for 60 minutes, over 6 reels. It is unknown if any copies of the film survive.[2] Thus the film may be lost.[3]


A period newspaper gives the following description: "Shore Acres is a story of plain New England folk on the rock ribbed coast of Maine. Martin Berry, a stern old lighthouse keeper, forbids his spirited daughter Helen to speak to the man she loves! It is Martin's fondest hope that Helen will marry Josiah Blake, the village banker. Helen refuses to obey her father, and elopes with her sweetheart on the "Liddy Ann," a vessel bound down the coast. Her father learns of her departure, and insane with rage, he prevents his brother, Nathaniel, from lighting the beacon that will guide the vessel safely out through the rocks of the harbor. Desperately the two men battle together in the lighthouse—one to save the vessel, the other to destroy her. A sou'easter is raging, and during their struggle the "Liddy Ann" goes on the rocks and the passengers are left to the mercy of the storm. The scene fairly makes the nerves tingle with excitement. What befalls thereafter is thrillingly unfolded in this picturization of the greatest American play of the century. Shore Acres is a big human drama of thrills and heart throbs, replete with delicious humor and tender pathos." [4]



Director Rex Ingram and Alice Terry first met during the making of the film in 1920. They would eventually marry over a weekend during filming of The Prisoner of Zenda in 1922.[5]

Shore Acres was filmed near Laguna, California.[6]


  1. "Friday and Saturday, August 6th and 7th, The Lighthouse Was Dark". St. Helens Mist. St. Helens, Oregon. August 6, 1920. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: Shore Acres". Silent Era. 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  3. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..Shore Acres
  4. "Something About "Shore Acres"". The Daily Gate City and Constitution-Democrat. Keokuk, Iowa. August 27, 1920. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  5. Soister, John T. (2012). American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929. McFarland. p. see page 364. ISBN 0786487909. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  6. "Shore Acres (1920)". IMDb. 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
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