The Inner Chamber

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The Inner Chamber
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Directed by Edward José
Produced byWilbert Mellville
Written by C. Graham Baker
Based onThe Blood Red Dawn
by Charles Caldwell Dobie
Starring Alice Joyce
Distributed by Vitagraph Company of America
Release date
  • September 11, 1921 (1921-09-11)(United States)
Running time
60 mins.
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Inner Chamber is a 1921 American silent romantic drama film produced and distributed by the Vitagraph Company of America. It was based on the novel The Blood Red Dawn by Charles Caldwell Dobie. The film was directed by Edward José and starred Alice Joyce. [1] The film is now considered lost. [2] [3]


On November 23, 1921, The Belmont Citizen, a newspaper in Belmont, Massachusetts, reviewed the movie in their column "On Stage and Screen" when it played at The Belmont-Waverley Strand Theater on Trapelo Road (now known as The Studio Cinema). Under the headline "Alice Joyce to be seen in 'The Inner Chamber,'" it read:

"Alice Joyce, the star of 'The Inner Chamber,' is kind-hearted and always ready to lend a helping hand. In one of the early scenes of the production, which will be shown at the Belmont-Waverley Strand theater on Monday and Tuesday, November 28 and 29, she poses as a stenographer, and from her scanty earnings buys her mother some fruit. Before the scene is made, the star stopped at a nearby fruit store and purchased some pears. While she was in the store, a little street urchin stopped before a window and looked longingly at the display. Miss Joyce emerged with her purchases and, spying the little lad, offered him a pear. A smile lit up his countenance as he thanked her. She walked gayley away.

"The story of 'The Inner Chamber' deals with the adventures of a stenographer whose employer spreads a malicious falsehood about her. The girl is engaged in supporting her mother, an invalid, and has a difficult time obtaining positions. The lie follows her from place to place, and she finds herself constantly out of employment. The only one who befriends her is torn from her by another falsehood, and to escape further trouble she marries a Greek doctor. The doctor is very jealous and kills himself in an insane fit of jealousy. The heroine learns the truth in regard to her only friend, and they are reunited with the prospect of being happily married.

"Many costly sets are required for the production, which is unusual in every respect. It is based upon Charles Caldwell Dobie's famous novel 'The Blood Red Dawn.'"


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  1. White Munden, Kenneth (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1921-1930. University of California Press. p. 380. ISBN   0-520-20969-9.
  2. The Inner Chamber at The Alice Joyce Page, by Greta deGroat
  3. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Inner Chamber