Bella Donna (1915 film)

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Bella Donna
Contemporary newspaper advertisement.
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
Hugh Ford
Based on Bella Donna
by Robert Smythe Hichens
Bella Donna
by James Bernard Fagan
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Charles Frohman
Starring Pauline Frederick
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 15, 1915 (1915-11-15)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language silent (English intertitles)
Scene in the film, L to R: Julian L'Estrange, Betty Blythe(uncredited), Pauline Frederick. Belladonna-newspaper-scene-1915.jpg
Scene in the film, L to R: Julian L'Estrange, Betty Blythe(uncredited), Pauline Frederick.

Bella Donna was a 1915 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and the Charles Frohman Company, starring Pauline Frederick, and based on the 1912 play Bella Donna by James Bernard Fagan adapted from the 1909 novel of the same name by Robert Smythe Hichens. [1]


In 1912, Alla Nazimova starred in a Broadway stage version which ran for 72 performances. A second version of the novel and play was filmed in 1923 starring Pola Negri. [2]



Preservation status

The 1915 version is now considered to be a lost film. [3]

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  1. Tibbetts, John C. (1985). The American Theatrical Film: Stages in Development. Popular Press. p. 70. ISBN   0-879-72289-4.
  2. Parish, James Robert; Stanke, Don E. (1975). The Debonairs . Arlington House. p.  50. ISBN   0-870-00293-7.
  3. The Pauline Frederick webpage, Bella Donna