Forgotten Faces (1928 film)

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Forgotten Faces
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Directed by Victor Schertzinger
Written by Howard Estabrook
Oliver H.P. Garrett
Julian Johnson
Based on"A Whiff of Heliotrope"
by Richard Washburn Child
Produced by David O. Selznick
Starring Clive Brook
Mary Brian
Olga Baclanova
William Powell
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Edited by George Nichols Jr.
David O. Selznick
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 5, 1928 (1928-08-05)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Forgotten Faces is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by Victor Schertzinger and starring Clive Brook, Mary Brian, and Olga Baclanova. The production was overseen by David O. Selznick, a rising young producer at the time. [1] The film was remade by Paramount in 1936 as a sound film.


The film is preserved with copies at the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art. [2] [3]

This film is Paramount's remake of their 1920 film Heliotrope .


A criminal Heliotrope Harry (Clive Brook) comes home after a stick-up job and finds his wife Lilly (Olga Baclanova) in bed with another man. He shoots his rival and deposits their baby daughter Alice (Mary Brian) on a rich couple's doorstep. While serving a life sentence, Harry is updated on his daughter's happy life by his old criminal associate Froggy (William Powell). For years, his vengeful wife seeks their daughter in vain. When she finally locates their child, the father wrangles parole from a sympathetic warden. He seeks to ensure permanent protection for his daughter by luring his crazed wife into a trap where she shoots him but suffers a prearranged fatal accident while escaping. The father dies in his daughter's arms, who now knows and appreciates his true identity and love for her. [4]


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  1. Dick p. 248
  2. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Forgotten Faces
  3. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.62 c.1978 by the American Film Institute
  4. "Review: Forgotten Faces," Variety 8/8/1928, p 23" . Retrieved October 21, 2022.