Enoch Arden (1915 film)

Last updated

Enoch Arden
Enoch Arden (1915) - Wedding.jpg
Film still of the wedding of Enoch and Annie
Directed by Christy Cabanne
Written by D. W. Griffith
Based on"Enoch Arden"
by Tennyson
Starring Alfred Paget
Lillian Gish
Cinematography William Fildew
Distributed byMutual Films Corporation
Release date
  • April 8, 1915 (1915-04-08)
Running time
40 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Enoch Arden is a 1915 American short drama film directed by Christy Cabanne. It is based on the 1864 poem Enoch Arden by Tennyson. [1] Prints of the film exists at the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection [1] and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. [2]



Based on a summary in a film magazine, [3] Enoch, Annie, and Walter grow up as friends. Later, Annie decides to marry Enoch, but Walter, though bitter about the decision, remains their friend. Enoch and Annie have two children. Then business takes Enoch on a sailing voyage, which he states will take less than one year, and he asks Walter to look over his family while he is gone. Enoch does not return, and Walter dutifully cares after Enoch's wife and children. After ten years word comes of a wreck seen in the Pacific, and everyone believes Enoch has died. Walter and Annie then marry. One night a stranger comes to the house and through a window sees Walter, Annie, and the children happy. The stranger, who is Enoch, finds an old woman who tells him what happened. Enoch tells her to keep his secret, and then leaves. He later dies with a smile on his face.


1922 reissue

The film was reissued in 1922 under the title The Fatal Marriage by Robertson-Cole. [4]


The film was nominated for the American Film Institute's 2002 list AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions. [5]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lillian Gish</span> American actress (1893–1993)

Lillian Diana Gish was an American actress, director, and screenwriter. Her film-acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912, in silent film shorts, to 1987. Gish was called the "First Lady of American Cinema", and is credited with pioneering fundamental film performance techniques. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Gish as the 17th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema.

<i>Enoch Arden</i> 1864 poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Enoch Arden is a narrative poem published in 1864 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, during his tenure as England's poet laureate. The story on which it was based was provided to Tennyson by Thomas Woolner. The poem lent its name to a principle in law that after being missing a certain number of years, a person could be declared dead for purposes of remarriage and inheritance.

<i>Across the Continent</i> 1922 film by Phil Rosen

Across the Continent is a lost silent film released by Paramount Pictures in June 1922, and was one of star Wallace Reid's last performances.

<i>The Devil-Stone</i> 1917 film

The Devil-Stone is a 1917 American silent romance film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, co-written by his mother Beatrice deMille and Jeanie MacPherson, and starring Geraldine Farrar. The film had sequences filmed in the Handschiegl Color Process. Only two of six reels are known to survive, in the American Film Institute Collection at the Library of Congress. This was the last of Farrar's films for Paramount Pictures.

<i>The Lost House</i> 1915 film

The Lost House is a lost 1915 American short drama film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Lillian Gish.

<i>The Great Love</i> (1918 film) 1918 film

The Great Love is a 1918 American silent war drama film directed and written by D. W. Griffith who, along with scenario writer Stanner E.V. Taylor, is credited as "Captain Victor Marier". The film stars George Fawcett and Lillian Gish. Set during World War I, exterior scenes were shot on location in England. The Great Love is now considered to be a lost film.

<i>The Greatest Thing in Life</i> 1918 film

The Greatest Thing in Life is a 1918 American silent drama film about World War I, directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, and David Butler. The film is now considered lost as no prints are known to exist.

<i>True Heart Susie</i> 1919 film

True Heart Susie is a 1919 American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish. A print of the film survives in the film archive of the British Film Institute. The film has seen several VHS releases as well as a DVD issue.

<i>The Greatest Question</i> 1919 film

The Greatest Question is a 1919 American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. Based upon a novel by William Hale, the film has a plot involving spiritualism.

<i>The Scarlet Letter</i> (1926 film) 1926 film

The Scarlet Letter is a 1926 American silent drama film based on the 1850 novel of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne and directed by Swedish filmmaker Victor Sjöström. Prints of the film survive in the MGM/United Artists film archives and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The film is now considered the best film adaptation of Hawthorne's novel.

<i>Dont Tell Everything</i> 1921 film

Don't Tell Everything is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gloria Swanson and Wallace Reid. Wood apparently created this film in part from outtakes left over from Cecil DeMille's The Affairs of Anatol (1921). It is not known whether the film currently survives.

<i>Rent Free</i> 1922 film by Howard Higgin

Rent Free is a 1922 American silent comedy feature film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures. The film starred Wallace Reid and his current regular co-star Lila Lee. It was directed by Howard Higgin and adapted by Elmer Rice from a story written directly for the screen by Izola Forrester and Mann Page. Currently this film is lost.

<i>Sick Abed</i> 1920 film by Sam Wood

Sick Abed is a 1920 silent comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures/Artcraft, an affiliate of Paramount. It was directed by Sam Wood and stars matinee idol Wallace Reid. It is based on a 1918 Broadway stage play Sick-a-bed by Ethel Watts Mumford starring Mary Boland. The spelling of the movie varies from the spelling of the play.

Hawthorne of the U.S.A. is a 1919 American silent comedy adventure film directed by James Cruze and starring Wallace Reid and Lila Lee. The film is based on the play of the same name by James B. Fagan. It had run on Broadway in 1912 with Douglas Fairbanks in the title role. The scenario for the film was written by Walter Woods. The film was produced by Famous Players-Lasky, and distributed by Famous Players under the Paramount-Artcraft Picture banner.

<i>Excuse My Dust</i> (1920 film) 1920 film by Sam Wood

Excuse My Dust! is a surviving 1920 American silent comedy-drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is based upon a Saturday Evening Post short story "The Bear Trap" by Byron Morgan. Sam Wood directed Wallace Reid. Reid's young son, Wallace Jr., makes his first screen appearance here. This film is preserved in the Library of Congress.

<i>Flying Pat</i> 1920 film

Flying Pat is a 1920 American silent comedy film starring Dorothy Gish and her then husband James Rennie that was directed by F. Richard Jones. It was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

<i>Less Than Kin</i> 1918 American film

Less Than Kin is a lost 1918 American silent comedy film directed by Donald Crisp and written by Marion Fairfax and Alice Duer Miller. The film stars Wallace Reid, Ann Little, Raymond Hatton, Noah Beery, Sr., James Neill and Charles Ogle. The film was released on July 21, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.

<i>Across the Dead-Line</i> 1922 film by Jack Conway

Across the Dead-Line is a lost 1922 American silent northwoods drama film directed by Jack Conway and starring Frank Mayo.

<i>Grand Larceny</i> (1922 film) 1922 film by Wallace Worsley

Grand Larceny is a lost 1922 American silent romantic drama film directed by Wallace Worsley and starring Elliott Dexter, Claire Windsor, and Lowell Sherman. It was produced and released by Goldwyn Pictures.

William Ewart Fildew, billed as either William Fildew or William E. Fildew, was an American cinematographer during the silent film era. He shot 54 films between 1915 and 1927. His first film was 1915's The Lost House, directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Lillian Gish. That same year he also shot Martyrs of the Alamo, directed by Cabanne, which was the first film in which Douglas Fairbanks appeared. Fairbanks' first starring role, also in 1915, was The Lamb, which Fildew also shot. His final film was The Wreck, directed by William James Craft and starring Shirley Mason and Malcolm McGregor.


  1. 1 2 "Progressive Silent Film List: Enoch Arden". silentera.com. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  2. American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Enoch Arden
  3. "Enoch Arden". Reel Life. Chicago: Mutual Film Corp. 6 (2): 16. March 20, 1915. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  4. "Lillian Gish and Wallace Reid in The Fatal Marriage". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (24): 11. June 10, 1922.
  5. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved August 19, 2016.