The House of Silence

The House of Silence is a lost[1] 1918 American silent drama film directed by Donald Crisp and written by Elwyn Alfred Barron and Margaret Turnbull. The film stars Wallace Reid, Ann Little, Adele Farrington, Winter Hall, Ernest Joy, and Henry A. Barrows. The film was released on April 8, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.[2][3]

The House of Silence
Film poster
Directed byDonald Crisp
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Screenplay byElwyn Alfred Barron
Margaret Turnbull
StarringWallace Reid
Ann Little
Adele Farrington
Winter Hall
Ernest Joy
Henry A. Barrows
CinematographyHenry Kotani
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 8, 1918 (1918-04-08)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)




Like many American films of the time, The House of Silence was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors issued an Adults Only permit for the film and required cuts, in Reel 1, of the intertitles "You know nothing" etc. and "You've made a mess of it" etc., Reel 3, the intertitle "No, I'm not interested in that sort of thing", entire incident of old woman stumbling on street and young woman assisting her into house, Reel 5, the intertitle "Expect a new one tonight with the usual fee", and the scene of the raid on the house where the women are shown.[4] The Chicago board also directed that the character of the "House of Silence" was to be changed from that of a questionable resort or assignation house to that of a rendezvous for society crooks by inserting a new intertitle, just before the woman leader is shown on the porch, "The House of Silence, a rendezvous for society wolves where criminal activities are cleverly concealed beneath a veneer of respectability" and, after the intertitle "If it is such a notorious place, why is it not raided", insert a new intertitle "Curiously enough the brains of the organization is a woman whose cunning the police have been unable to cope."[4]

See also


  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The House of Silence
  2. "House of Silence - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. "The House of Silence (1918) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (22): 30. May 25, 1918.
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