The Eternal Three

The Eternal Three is a 1923 American silent drama film produced and distributed by Goldwyn Pictures. It was directed by both Marshall Neilan and Frank Urson. Hobart Bosworth, Claire Windsor, and Bessie Love star.

The Eternal Three
Film still
Directed byMarshall Neilan
Frank Urson
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Written byMarshall Neilan (story)
Carey Wilson (scenario)
StarringHobart Bosworth
Claire Windsor
Raymond Griffith
Bessie Love
CinematographyDavid Kesson
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • September 23, 1923 (1923-09-23)
Running time
7 reels; 6,708 feet[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film was made from a screen story by Neilan and is now a lost film, although a brief production scene of director Marshall Neilan with stars Raymond Griffith, Hobart Bosworth, and Claire Windsor appear in the restored film Souls for Sale.[2][3]


Dr. Frank R. Walters (Bosworth) is a prominent brain surgeon whose career drives him to neglect his younger wife (Windsor) and foster son Leonard (Griffith). Leonard seduces both his father's wife and secretary Hilda (Love). When Leonard is injured in an automobile accident, his father operates on him, but then sends him away to Europe. Dr. Walters is resolved to spend more time with his wife.[1][3]



The snow scenes were filmed in Bryce Canyon City, Utah,[5] and other scenes were filmed in Mexico City and Chapultepec.[6]


The film received mixed reviews.[1]


  1. "'Eternal Three'—[Class B] 65%". Screen Opinions. Vol. 13 no. 5. Chicago, IL: James T. Igoe Company. November 1, 1923. pp. 64–65.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Eternal Three". Silent Era.
  3. Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. p. 218. OCLC 664500075.
  4. "Casts of the Week". Camera!. Vol. 5 no. 50. March 24, 1923. p. 20.
  5. "'Eternal Three' Near Completion". Motion Picture News. Vol. 27 no. 9. March 3, 1923. p. 1072.
  6. Jessen, J.C. (April 14, 1923). "Studio and Player Breveties". Motion Picture News. Vol. 27 no. 15. p. 1782.

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