The Actress (1928 film)

The Actress is a lost 1928 American silent drama film produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film was directed by Sidney Franklin, and starred Norma Shearer.

The Actress
1928 lobby poster
Directed bySidney Franklin
Produced byLouis B. Mayer
Irving Thalberg
Written byAlbert Lewin
Richard Schayer
Joseph Farnham (intertitles)
Based onTrelawny of the "Wells"
by Arthur Wing Pinero
StarringNorma Shearer
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byConrad A. Nervig
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.[1]
Release date
  • April 28, 1928 (1928-04-28) (U.S.)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

This film was based on the 1898 play Trelawny of the "Wells" by Arthur Wing Pinero that had first premiered on Broadway in 1898, starring Mary Mannering, which was revived by Ethel Barrymore in 1911, Laurette Taylor in 1925, and at the time this film was produced (1927) by Helen Gahagan.[2] The play was first brought to the screen as a British made silent film Trelawny of the "Wells" in 1916.

This film is one of many lost MGM films dating from the 1920s.[3]



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