Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1913 film)

Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a 1913 American silent drama film based upon the Thomas Hardy novel of the same name and was one of the first feature films made. It was directed by J. Searle Dawley, released by Famous Players Film Company and stars Mrs. Fiske, reprising her famous role from the 1897 play.[1] An Adolph Zukor feature production after securing the services of top American actress Mrs. Fiske.[2]

Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Scene from the film
Directed byJ. Searle Dawley
Produced byDaniel Frohman
Based onTess of the d'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
StarringMrs. Fiske
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
September 1, 1913
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

A fragment of this film is said to exist.[3][4][5]


  • Mrs. Fiske - Tess Durbeyfield
  • Raymond Bond - Angel Clare
  • David Torrence - Alec D'Urberville
  • John Steppling - John Durbyfield
  • Mary Barker - Mrs. Durbeyfield
  • James Gordon - Crick
  • Maggie Weston - Mrs. Crick
  • Irma La Pierre - Marian
  • Katherine Griffith - Mrs. D'Urberville
  • Franklin Hall - Parson Clare
  • Camille Dalberg - Mrs. Clare
  • J. Liston - Parson Tringham
  • Boots Wall - Reta
  • Caroline Darling - Izz
  • Justina Huff - Liza Lou
  • John Troughton - Jonathan


Like many American films of the time, Tess of the d'Urbervilles was subject to city and state film censorship boards. In 1917 the Chicago Board of Censors issued the film, due to its subject matter, an "adults only" permit.[6]

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