The Temple of Dusk

The Temple of Dusk is a lost[1] 1918 American silent drama film directed by James Young. It was produced by Sessue Hayakawa's Haworth Pictures Corporation.[2]

The Temple of Dusk
Poster for film
Directed byJames Young
Screenplay byFrances Marion
Story byFrances Marion
CinematographyDal Clawson
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • October 20, 1918 (1918-10-20) (USA)
Running time
50 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Akira (Hayakawa), a Japanese poet who lives in Tokyo, falls in love with as American, Ruth Vale (Novak), who has grown to womanhood under his father's care. He is much saddened, however, when she marries an American. Three years elapse and Ruth dies of an illness, leaving a baby in the poet's care. Akira agrees to accompany the child and father to America, and when the American is accused of the murder of a man who entered his home, Akira assumes the guilt. He escapes from prison to visit the child and is shot by a guard. An allegorical scene shows Akira and Ruth entering the Temple of Dusk together.



Like many American films of the time, The Temple of Dusk was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required a cut, in Reel 3, of the scene with the wife at the mantle and her lover on the couch and the first kissing scene between wife and lover where Akira discovers them.[4]


  1. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Temple of Dusk
  2. Slide, Anthony (25 February 2014). The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry. Taylor & Francis. p. 350. ISBN 978-1-135-92561-1.
  3. "Reviews: The Temple of Dusk". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (15): 36. October 5, 1918.
  4. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 7 (19): 44. November 2, 1918.

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