The Green Temptation

The Green Temptation is a lost[1] 1922 American silent melodrama film directed by William Desmond Taylor and starring Betty Compson.[2][3] It was written by Julia Crawford Ivers and Monte Katterjohn based upon the short story "The Noose" by Constance Lindsay Skinner.

The Green Temptation
Film Poster
Directed byWilliam Desmond Taylor
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byJulia Crawford Ivers (scenario)
Monte Katterjohn (scenario)
Based on"The Noose"
by Constance Lindsay Skinner
StarringBetty Compson
Theodore Kosloff
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 2, 1922 (1922-04-02)
Running time
60 minutes; 6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Betty plays a girl who is involved in the Paris criminal underworld. During World War I she becomes a wartime Red Cross nurse and after the war leaves for America for a new start in life. There she meets an old wartime colleague (Kosloff), a criminal who is conniving to steal a valuable jewel called 'The Green Temptation'. Kosloff wants Betty to help him steal the jewel and when she balks he threatens to reveal her sordid past to her new American friends. Scotland Yard detective (Mahlon Hamilton), probably hired to protect the jewel, is sweet on Betty and kills Kosloff when he tries to steal the jewel.

The film has a similarity to von Stroheim's Foolish Wives released that same year.



The Green Temptation was released posthumously following the unsolved murder of its director William Desmond Taylor on 1 February 1922.


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