The Countess Charming

The Countess Charming is a lost[1] 1917 American silent comedy film directed by Donald Crisp and written by Gelett Burgess, Carolyn Wells, and Gardner Hunting. The film stars Julian Eltinge, Florence Vidor, Tully Marshall, George Kuwa, Edythe Chapman, and Mabel Van Buren. The film was released on September 16, 1917, by Paramount Pictures.[2][3]

The Countess Charming
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Directed byDonald Crisp
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Screenplay byGelett Burgess
Carolyn Wells
Gardner Hunting
StarringJulian Eltinge
Florence Vidor
Tully Marshall
George Kuwa
Edythe Chapman
Mabel Van Buren
CinematographyFaxon M. Dean
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 16, 1917 (1917-09-16)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] upon insulting the Vandergrafts, leaders of the North Shore Club, Stanley Jordan (Eltinge) is forced out of society. Determined to be near his sweetheart Betty (Vidor), he becomes the Countess Raffelski. He takes the North Shore colony by storm. At many of the social functions valuables have been stolen and the guilty person cannot be found. Suspicion is thrown upon the countess and, to escape all, Stanley spreads the rumor that the countess is dead. He wins Betty and with the money from the stolen jewels he is able to make a large contribution to the Red Cross fund.



Like many American films of the time, The Countess Charming was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required cuts in scenes showing the theft of a pin from a tie and of a purse, and taking a wallet from a pocket.[5]


  1. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Countess Charming
  2. "Countess-Charming - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  3. "The Countess Charming (1917) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  4. "Reviews: The Countess Charming". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (15): 27. October 6, 1917.
  5. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 5 (16): 33. October 13, 1917.

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