The Serpent's Tooth (1917 film)

The Serpent's Tooth is a 1917 American silent drama film starring Gail Kane from the stage and released through the Mutual Film company. It is a lost film.[1]

The Serpent's Tooth
Directed byRollin S. Sturgeon
Written byForrest Halsey (story)
Doris Schroeder (scenario)
StarringGail Kane
CinematographyJohn Seitz
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • May 28, 1917 (1917-05-28)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



Like many American films of the time, The Serpent's Tooth was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors, because of the plot involving drug use, gave the film an "adults only" permit and required cuts in Reel 1 of the first view of a woman in a low cut gown and two closer views of the same; in Reel 3 of the intertitle "You make her use it. Its grounds for divorce in this state." and the shot of man putting drug into the woman's medicine; in Reel 4 of the intertitle "You say you couldn't get any more. I have been more successful."; and in Reel 5 of the intertitles "Your damned lover is a liar." and "It's the drug that loves you - the drug I've fed her night and day," and the scene of the choking of the wife and knocking her down.[2]


  1. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films:1911–20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  2. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (3): 33. 14 July 1917. Retrieved 2014-11-08.
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