The Judgement House

The Judgement House is a 1917 American drama silent film directed by J. Stuart Blackton and written by J. Stuart Blackton based upon the novel by Gilbert Parker. The film stars Violet Heming, Wilfred Lucas, Conway Tearle, Paul Doucet, Florence Deshon, and Lucille Hammill. The film was released on November 19, 1917, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The Judgement House
Directed byJ. Stuart Blackton
Produced byJ. Stuart Blackton
Screenplay byJ. Stuart Blackton
Based onThe Judgement House
by Gilbert Parker
StarringViolet Heming
Wilfred Lucas
Conway Tearle
Paul Doucet
Florence Deshon
Lucille Hammill
CinematographyTom Malloy
J. Stuart Blackton Feature Pictures
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 19, 1917 (1917-11-19)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Jasmine Grenfel (Heming) forsakes her suitor Ian Stafford (Tearle) and marries Rudyard Byng (Lucas), who has worked his way up to the top rungs of success in the African diamond mines of the Transvaal. Stafford, saddened, goes to Africa. During the three years that follow Byng becomes dissipated. Adrian Fellowes (Doucet), his secretary, has intrigues with several women including the dancer Al'Mah (Deshon). He has also paid some attention to Jasmine, which has aroused the dancer's jealousy. Fellowes is found murdered and the husband and wife both suspect each other of the crime. At the outbreak of the Boer War Byng joins the army and Jasmine and Al'Mah join the Red Cross. The battles that ensue bring out the manhood of Byng. Al'Mah is struck by a fragment of a shell and in a dying confession admits the murder of Fellow. Jasmine and Byng are later happily reunited.



Like many American films of the time, The Judgement House was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut the intertitle "Did Fellowes lead you to believe that I am bad?"[4]


  1. "The Judgement House (1917) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. "Judgement-House - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. "Reviews: The Judgement House". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (23): 31. December 1, 1917.
  4. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 5 (25): 31. December 15, 1917.
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