The Two Orphans (1915 film)

The Two Orphans was a 1915 American silent romantic drama film directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Theda Bara. This film was based on the 1872 French play Les deux orphelines, by Adolphe D'Ennery and Eugene Cormon[1] which was translated into English by N. Hart Jackson.[2] It was the play that was being performed at the time the Brooklyn Theater Fire broke out.[3] The film was made by Fox Film Corporation and was partially shot on location in Québec, Canada.[4] It is now considered to be lost.[1]

The Two Orphans
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Directed byHerbert Brenon
Written byHerbert Brenon
Based onLes deux orphelines
by Adolphe d'Ennery and Eugène Cormon
StarringTheda Bara
CinematographyPhil Rosen
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 5, 1915 (1915-09-05)
CountryUnited States
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In 1921 D. W. Griffith made a second adaptation of the play, Orphans of the Storm, starring Dorothy Gish and Lillian Gish.[5]


  • Theda Bara as Henriette
  • Jean Sothern as Louise
  • William E. Shay as Chevalier de Vaudrey
  • Herbert Brenon as Pierre
  • Gertrude Berkeley as Mother Frochard
  • Frank Goldsmith as Marquis de Presles
  • E. L. Fernandez as Jacques
  • Sheridan Block as Count de Liniere
  • Mrs. Cecil Raleigh as Countess De Liniere
  • John Daly Murphy as Picard

See also


  1. "Silent Era: The Two Orphans". silentera. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  2. "Some Great Old Plays" Munsey Magazine page 123, column 1
  3. Zecher, Henry (2011). William Gillette, America's Sherlock Holmes. Xlibris Corporation. p. 99. ISBN 1-453-55582-X.
  4. Golden, Eve (1996). Vamp: The Rise and Fall Of Theda Bara. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 61. ISBN 1-887-32200-0.
  5. Brooks, Peter (1976). The Melodramatic Imagination: Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode of Excess : with a New Preface (2 ed.). Yale University Press. p. X. ISBN 0-300-06553-1.

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