The Private Life of Helen of Troy

The Private Life of Helen of Troy is a 1927 American silent film about Helen of Troy based on the 1925 novel of the same name by John Erskine, and adapted to screen by Gerald Duffy. The film was directed by Alexander Korda and starred María Corda as Helen, Lewis Stone as Menelaus, and Ricardo Cortez as Paris.

The Private Life of Helen of Troy
Directed byAlexander Korda
Produced byRichard A. Rowland
Written byJohn Erskine (novel)
Gerald C. Duffy (intertitles)
Ralph Spence (intertitles)
Casey Robinson (intertitles)
StarringMaría Corda
Lewis Stone
Ricardo Cortez
Music byCarl Edouarde
Cecil Copping (NYC premiere, uncredited)
CinematographyLee Garmes
Sidney Hickox
Edited byHarold Young
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • December 9, 1927 (1927-12-09) (NYC)
  • January 8, 1928 (1928-01-08) (Nationwide)
Running time
57 minutes
CountryUnited States

Coming at the end of the silent film era, it was nominated for an Academy Award in 1929, the year of the Awards' inception, in the category of Best Title Writing. Duffy died on 25 June 1928, and was the first person to be posthumously nominated for an Academy Award.

That same year, the first "talkie", The Jazz Singer, received an honorary award for introducing sound to film, and the category for which The Private Life of Helen of Troy was nominated was dropped by the second Academy Awards.

Two sections from the beginning and end, running about 27–30 minutes in total, are reportedly all that survive of The Private Life of Helen of Troy; they are preserved by the British Film Institute.[1][2]


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