The Scoffer

The Scoffer is a surviving 1920 American silent drama film produced and directed by Allan Dwan and starring Mary Thurman. It was released through Associated First National Pictures.[1][2]

The Scoffer
Newspaper advertisement
Directed byAllan Dwan
Produced byAllan Dwan
Mayflower Photoplay Company
Written byLillian Ducey
Val Cleveland
StarringMary Thurman
James Kirkwood
CinematographyH. Lyman Broening (credited as Henry Broening)
Distributed byAssociated First National Pictures
Release date
  • September 1920 (1920-09)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Dr. Stannard Wayne (Kirkwood), a worker for humanity, Dr. Arthur Richards (McCullough), a charlatan, and Carson the Parson (Durning), a missionary worker, are firm friends until a victim of Richards' malpractice dies and Wayne is sentenced to five years imprisonment for the crime. Richards persuades Dr. Wayne's wife to obtain a divorce and marries her. Wayne denounces God and vows never again will he use his ability in the interests of mankind. Released from prison, he finds his way to a northern settlement where Richards and his wife, now a physical wreck, are living. Here he refuses aid to those who are in sickness and misery, and preaches against Divinity. Alice Porn (Mitchell), keeper of the general store, challenges him to prove that man is superior to God by curing a crippled child. After several complications, he begins the operation during a great electrical storm. The elements and his enemies combine to thwart the purpose of the operation, and facing defeat he prays for aid. This aid comes in a form which may or may not be supernatural, as an observer may prefer, and after a time happiness ensues.


Preservation status

A print of The Scoffer is preserved by the Library of Congress.[4]


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