As Man Desires

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As Man Desires
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Still with Clifford and Cummings
Directed by Irving Cummings
Written by Marion Orth (scenario)
Earl Hudson (adaptation)
Marion Fairfax
Starring Viola Dana
Milton Sills
CinematographyRoy Carpenter
Edited byCharles Hunt
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • January 11, 1925 (1925-01-11)
Running time
80 minutes; 8 reels (7,790 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

As Man Desires is a 1925 American silent drama film directed by Irving Cummings and starring Viola Dana. It was produced and distributed by First National Pictures. [1] [2]



As described in a review in a film magazine, [3] Major John Craig (Sills) knocks out Colonel Carringford (Nicholson) when he discovers Gloria Gordon (Clifford), his fiancée, has been untrue. Carringford is then murdered by a servant and because Evelyn Beaudine (Theby), a married woman of unsavory reputation, accuses him of the crime, Craig is forced to flee from his British Army post in India. Craig procures a fishing smack and amasses wealth from working pearl beds in the South Seas. He tenders Gorilla Bagsley (Kennedy), a poacher a beating when he finds him annoying Pandora (Dana). She now feels that Craig is "her man" and, to spite the memory of the other woman, he marries her. A seaman identifies Craig and notifies the British government. Gloria comes with the representative who tells Craig that Gloria had sacrificed her own reputation to prove his innocence. Gorilla, intending to kill Craig, levels a gun towards his back but Pandora jumps in the way as it is fired. Craig and Gloria are thus united.



With no prints of As Man Desires located in any film archives, [4] it is a lost film. [5]

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  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: As Man Desires
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: As Man Desires at
  3. Waller, Tom (January 31, 1925). "As Man Desires; Milton Sills and Viola Dana Featured in Entertaining First National Melodrama". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 72 (5): 447–448. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  4. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: As Man Desires
  5. As Man Desires at Arne Andersen's Lost Film Files: First National Pictures -1925 Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine