The Enemy (1927 film)

The Enemy is a 1927 American drama film directed by Fred Niblo, and starring Lillian Gish. The film was thought to have been lost for years until a copy was discovered at the MGM library, now owned by Turner Entertainment. However, the film is still missing its final reel.[1] Actor Joel McCrea made an early appearance as an extra.

The Enemy
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Directed byFred Niblo
Written byJohn Colton
Willis Goldbeck
Agnes Christine Johnston
Channing Pollock
StarringLillian Gish
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Edited byMargaret Booth
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 8, 1927 (1927-12-08)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Newlywed Carl (Ralph Forbes) goes to war where he endures major suffering. Back home, wife Pauli (Lillian Gish) starves, becomes a prostitute to survive, and their baby dies.


See also


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Enemy". Retrieved January 18, 2010.
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