St. Elmo (1923 American film)

St. Elmo is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by Jerome Storm. Distributed by Fox Film Corporation, the film is based on the 1867 novel of the same name written by Augusta Jane Evans.[1] Today, St. Elmo is a lost film.[2]

St. Elmo
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Directed byJerome Storm
Written byJules G. Furthman
Based onSt. Elmo
by Augusta Jane Evans
StarringJohn Gilbert
Barbara La Marr
Bessie Love
CinematographyJoseph H. August
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 30, 1923 (1923-09-30) (U.S.)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


When St. Elmo Thornton catches his fiancée Agnes in the arms of his best friend Murray Hammond, he shoots Hammond and decides to travel around the world in hopes of forgetting women. Upon returning, he meets Edna, the blacksmith's daughter who is living with his minister. In the end, St. Elmo becomes a minister and marries Edna.[1]



During production, John Gilbert and Barbara La Marr had an "intense sexual affair".[3]

A British adaptation of the same source material was made the same year.[4]

See also


  1. "St. Elmo (1923)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: St. Elmo". Silent Era.
  3. "The Legendary Barbara La Marr". Classic Images. Archived from the original on December 4, 2004. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  4. Wollstein, Hans J. "Review Summary". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2010.

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