Three Wise Fools (1923 film)

Three Wise Fools (German title: Ein Mädchen und drei alte Narren) is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by King Vidor.[1] A print of the film exists at the Cinematheque Royale de Belgique.[2]

Three Wise Fools
Directed byKing Vidor
Written byJune Mathis (scenario)
John McDermott (adaptation)
James O'Hanlon (adaptation)
Winchell Smith (play)
Austin Strong (play)
King Vidor (scenario)
StarringClaude Gillingwater
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • August 19, 1923 (1923-08-19)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Three Wise Fools is notable as an early high-profile role for the then-up and coming William Haines. Haines would later recall that he felt distracted by the top hat he wears in the film and, as a result, felt that his performance was terrible. However, his performance received positive notices in contemporary reviews, and Haines was offered a choice of four new film roles after the film's success.[3] Claude Gillingwater was the only cast member from the original 1918 Broadway play.

It showed in Germany at the Union-Theater Nollendorf, Berlin, on November 10, 1924.[4] The cinema was built in 1913 by Joe Goldsoll, who was president of Goldwyn Pictures from 1922-1924.[5]



  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Three Wise Fools". Silent Era. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  2. "Three Wise Fools". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  3. Mann, William J.; Wisecracker: the Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star; Viking, New York, 1998; p. 67
  4. Ossietzky, Carl von (2012). Schriften 1922 - 1924 (in German). Jazzybee Verlag. p. 347. ISBN 9783849624897.
  5. Lewis, Kevin; Lewis, Arnold (1988). "Include Me out: Samuel Goldwyn and Joe Godsol". Film History. Indiana University Press. 2 (2): 133–153. JSTOR 3815031.

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