The Barbarian (1920 film)

The Barbarian is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Donald Crisp and starring Monroe Salisbury and George Berrell. It is based upon a short story by Theodore Seixas Solomons.[1]

The Barbarian
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Directed byDonald Crisp
Produced byMonroe Salisbury
Screenplay byE. P. Heath
Based on"The Barbarian"
by Theodore Seixas Solomons
StarringMonroe Salisbury
George Berrell
J. Barney Sherry
Jane Novak
The Monroe Salisbury Players, Inc.
Distributed byPioneer Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 1920 (1920-09)
Running time
Six reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] Eric (Salisbury) is brought up in the Canadian north woods by his reclusive father Elliott Straive (Berrell), who was a college professor. The boy supplements his immense knowledge of nature with book learning of society and polite customs. A party of ultra-rich people led by James Heatherton (Sherry) arrive and camp on the land, building a tent city for their luxurious convenience. Their object is to obtain possession of the land by means fair or foul. Eric frustrates their plans but falls in love with Floria (Novak), the daughter of the land grabber. The failure of the rich to embarrass Eric using sham etiquette is humorous, and there is a fight between Eric and Mark Brant (Hale), a man from the party who comes closest to being a "heavy" of the film.



Much of The Barbarian was filmed in California's Castle Lake district with Mount Shasta in the background.[2]


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: The Barbarian at
  2. "Reviews: The Barbarian". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (13): 73. September 25, 1920.

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