The Gilded Lily (1921 film)

The Gilded Lily is a surviving 1921 American silent drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and written by Clara Beranger and Tom McNamara. The film stars Mae Murray, Lowell Sherman, Jason Robards, Sr., Charles K. Gerrard, and Leonora von Ottinger. The film was released on March 6, 1921, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The Gilded Lily
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Robert Z. Leonard
Screenplay byClara Beranger
Tom McNamara
StarringMae Murray
Lowell Sherman
Jason Robards, Sr.
Charles K. Gerrard
Leonora von Ottinger
CinematographyErnest Haller
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 6, 1921 (1921-03-06)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


A young man from the country goes to a big city where he falls in love with a showgirl. She then decides to give up her profession to become a housewife, and he decides to leave her.[3]



The opening scene with Mae Murray wearing a gold tinsel cloth costume in front of a deep blue background was shot using the Prizma color system.[4][5]

Preservation status

A print survives in Museo del Cine Buenos Aires, Pablo C. Ducros Hicken archive.[6][7]


  1. "The-Gilded-Lily - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  2. "The Gilded Lily". Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  3. The Gilded Lily (1921) - IMDb, retrieved 2019-11-06
  4. "Use Prizma Color in Paramount Feature: Process is Incorporated in Mae Murray Vehicle, Gilded Lily". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 12 (2): 59. January 8, 1921.
  5. "Showmanship Suggestions in the Stills". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 12 (7): 48. February 12, 1921.
  6. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Gilded Lily
  7. Progressive Silent Film List: The Gilded Lily at
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