The Grim Comedian

The Grim Comedian is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Phoebe Hunt, Jack Holt, and Gloria Hope.[1]

The Grim Comedian
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Directed byFrank Lloyd
Written byBess Meredyth
Story byRita Weiman
StarringPhoebe Hunt
Jack Holt
Gloria Hope
CinematographyNorbert Brodine
Distributed byGoldwyn Distributing
Release date
  • November 13, 1921 (1921-11-13)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] a automobile passenger tells an old man a tale, while speeding across the country, of the actress Marie Lamonte (Hunt) who gives up luxury, a beautiful car, and a cozy apartment furnished by Harvey "Million Dollar" Martin (Holt). She does all this so that her daughter Dorothy (Hope), who was reared in a convent, might not be contaminated by the presence of the roue. However, Harvey meets the young woman and a genuine affection springs up for her. On the day that they are to elope, Marie goes to Harvey's apartment, finds her daughter waiting in an adjoining room, and in desperation shoots Harvey, wounding him in the hand. "I did not think that you would do it," he says. "You've won." He forthright tells Dorothy that he did not intend to marry her. "The grim comedian" known as life has turned the tables on the millionaire when happiness was within his grasp.



  1. Munden p. 316
  2. "Reviews: The Grim Comedian". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (3): 56. January 14, 1922.


  • Munden, Kenneth White. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press, 1997.
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