We Moderns

We Moderns (1925) is an American silent comedy film directed by John Francis Dillon and starring Colleen Moore. The film was produced by Moore's husband John McCormick (1893-1961), was released through First National Pictures. It was based on the play and novel by Israel Zangwill. The play ran for 22 performances in 1924 at the Gaiety Theatre (New York), produced and directed by Harrison Grey Fiske and starring Helen Hayes and Isabel Irving.[1]

We Moderns
Directed byJohn Francis Dillon
Produced byJohn McCormick
Written byJune Mathis (scenario)
Based onWe Moderns
by Israel Zangwill
StarringColleen Moore
CinematographyTed D. McCord
Edited byEdwin Robbins
John McCormick Productions
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • November 15, 1925 (1925-11-15)
Running time
7 reels; between 6,609 and 6,656 feet
CountryUnited States
English intertitles



Portions of the film were shot on location in and around London while Colleen was in the city during her European tour, which was undertaken to promote her films So Big and Sally. Those portions were directed by her husband and depicted a scavenger hunt, so that the production could visit many famous and recognizable London locations . A car was purchased specifically for the film and was shipped back to the states so that the film could be completed at the studio. Colleen had to acquire a special permit to drive. The film was intended to be an English look at the flapper, and the story shared many of the same elements of Colleen's star-making Flaming Youth. As in Flaming Youth, Colleen's brother Cleeve had a part in this film as well. He played the brother of Colleen's character.

Preservation status

We Moderns is currently considered to be a lost film.[2][3]

See also



  • Jeff Codori, Colleen Moore; A Biography of the Silent Film Star, McFarland Publishing (2012) ISBN 978-0-7864-4969-9 (print) ISBN 978-0-7864-8899-5 (eBook)
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