The Golden Bed

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The Golden Bed
The Golden Bed 1925 lobbycard.jpg
Lobby card for the film
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Written by Jeanie MacPherson
Based onTomorrow's Bread
by Wallace Irwin
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Starring Lillian Rich
Cinematography J. Peverell Marley
Edited by Anne Bauchens
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • January 25, 1925 (1925-01-25)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget$437,900 [1]
Box office$816,487 [1]

The Golden Bed is a 1925 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It is based on the novel Tomorrow's Bread by Wallace Irwin. Jeanie MacPherson wrote the screenplay. [2]



As described in a review in a film magazine, [3] even as a child golden-haired Flora Lee Peake (Rich) attracted the opposite sex. Little Admah Holtz (La Rocque), peddling candy, would give her some of his wares. She sleeps on a golden bed adorned with swans that her parents pampered her with. When she grew up, her father (Walthall) used his last dollar to bring about her marriage to the Marquis de San Pilar (Kosloff), while her younger sister Margaret (Reynolds) went to work assisting Admah, who now owns a candy store. Soon after, the Marquis found Flora submitting to the embrace of the Duc (Cain). On a mountain climb the Marquis and Duc fight on a snow covered ledge atop a glacier, and the Marquis cuts the rope so that they both fall to their death in a crevasse. Flora returns home and soon has ensnared Abmah, now a wealthy man. Her extravagance brings him near to ruin. To satisfy her, he throws a ball where all the decorations are made from candy, but he has used some of the firm's funds. Admah is arrested for this and is sent to prison for five years. Margaret, who loves Admah, remains true and buys and operates the store, while Flora runs off with Bunny O'Neill (Baxter). Bunny throws her down and, now a wreck, returns to her old home, now a boarding house, and goes to her room with its famous golden bed. Admah, released from prison, also returns to the home and Flora dies in his arms. Going to his old store he finds Margaret waiting, and they start life anew.



A print of The Golden Bed survives in the film archive at George Eastman House. [4]

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  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Golden Bed". Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  3. Sewell, Charles S. (January 31, 1925). "The Golden Bed; Typical Gorgeous Cecil B. DeMille Production for Paramount Looks Like Box Office Winner". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 72 (5): 446. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  4. "The Golden Bed". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 10, 2014.