Silk Hosiery

Silk Hosiery is a 1920 American silent comedy film directed by Fred Niblo and starring Enid Bennett.[1] A print listed as being in nitrate exists in the Library of Congress and another in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[2][3][4]

Silk Hosiery
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Directed byFred Niblo
Produced byThomas H. Ince
Written byFrank Mitchell Dazey
StarringEnid Bennett
Geoffrey Webb
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Edited byCharles H. Kyson
Harry Marker
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 26, 1920 (1920-12-26)
Running time
5 reels (1,388.65 meters)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As summarized in a film publication,[5] Marjorie Bowen (Bennett) is a model who longs for romance and adventure of the story book variety, but never gets further than displaying gowns at an ultra-fashionable clothing shop. Every customer who comes in is buying a gown for a ball thrown by some Prince. Yvette (Pavis), a French woman, comes to order a gown and brings her fiance Sir Leeds (Webb), who immediately attracts Marjorie's attention, but she loses hope after she hears that he is engaged. Marjorie stays alone in the shop to deliver the gown to Yvette and dresses herself in the costume. Some crook business follows in which Yvette and an idler are implicated. Marjorie gets mixed up in it and ends up kidnapped and in a room with Sir Leeds, who tries to explain what happened. They escape and Marjorie impresses the Prince (Ghent) by recovering a note and piece of jewelry that the Prince had indiscreetly given a New York society woman and which he feared would be used against him. Leeds turns out to be a detective. He asks Marjorie to marry him.


  • Enid Bennett - Marjorie Bowen
  • Geoffrey Webb - Sir Derwain Leeds
  • Marie Pavis - Yvette Fernau
  • Donald MacDonald - Cadwallader Smith
  • Derek Ghent - Prince Ferdinandi (as Derrick Ghent)
  • Otto Hoffman - Van Twiller
  • Joan Standing - Sophia Black
  • Verne Winter - Billy Black (as Vern Winters)
  • Harold Holland - Jim Shanahan
  • Bonnie Hill - Mollie Milligan
  • Sylvia Brooks - Mrs. De Windt
  • Rose Dione - Mme. Louise
  • Willie Mae Carson - Jacqueline D'Amour (as Willie May Carson)


  1. "New York Times: Silk Hosiery". NY Times. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  2. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress The American Film Institute, c.1978
  3. The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  4. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Silk Hosiery
  5. "Silk Hosiery: Star is Pleasing But Not the Picture You Usually Get from Her". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 15 (41): 20. February 13, 1921. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
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