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The prologue, showing "Adam" and "Lillith" (referred to in some reviews as “Eve”) at the tree of knowledge, was performed by noted Russian dancer Theodore Kosloff and Yvonne Gardelle, also a dancer, as stated in the 6 September 1919 Motion Picture News.
       Production was underway by 23 August 1919, according to that day’s issue of Camera. A month later, the 27 September 1919 Camera announced that filming had ended. A release date of 18 January 1920 was cited in the 21 December 1919 Wid’s Daily.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this picture on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021. ...

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The prologue, showing "Adam" and "Lillith" (referred to in some reviews as “Eve”) at the tree of knowledge, was performed by noted Russian dancer Theodore Kosloff and Yvonne Gardelle, also a dancer, as stated in the 6 September 1919 Motion Picture News.
       Production was underway by 23 August 1919, according to that day’s issue of Camera. A month later, the 27 September 1919 Camera announced that filming had ended. A release date of 18 January 1920 was cited in the 21 December 1919 Wid’s Daily.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this picture on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
20 Jul 1919
p. 3
Camera
2 Aug 1919
p. 3, 12
Camera
16 Aug 1919
p. 3
Camera
23 Aug 1919
p. 3
Camera
30 Aug 1919
p. 5
Camera
6 Sep 1919
p. 5
Camera
13 Sep 1919
p. 5
Camera
20 Sep 1919
p. 5
Camera
27 Sep 1919
p. 5
Exhibitors Trade Review
24 Jan 1920
p. 811
Motion Picture News
6 Sep 1919
p. 2033
Motion Picture News
13 Sep 1919
p. 2258
Motion Picture News
24 Jan 1920
p. 1056, 1137
Motion Picture News
31 Jan 1920
p. 1150
Motion Picture News
17 Jan 1920
p. 464
Moving Picture World
24 Jan 1920
p. 610, 634
Variety
26 Sep 1919
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Variety
16 Jan 1920
p. 61
Wid's Daily
21 Dec 1919
p. 33
Wid's Daily
13 Jan 1920
p. 4
Wid's Daily
18 Jan 1920
p. 21
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
William C. de Mille
Dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Tree of Knowledge by R. C. Carton (pseud. of Richard Claude Critchett) (London, 26 Oct 1897).
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 January 1920
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 13 Jan 1920
Production Date:
late Aug--late Sep 1919
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
25 November 1919
LP14532
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After a prologue showing Lillith tempting Adam at the tree of knowledge, the action shifts to modern-day England. Young Nigel Stanyon falls victim to the wiles of a siren named Belle, but she deserts him for a wealthy admirer after he spends all of his money on her. Nigel is then found by his friend Mostyn Hollingsworth, who installs him as manager of his estate. There Nigel meets and falls in love with his neighbor, Monica. When Brian returns from abroad with his new bride Belle, Nigel is shocked, but remains silent. Upon discovering that her husband is on the verge of bankruptcy, Belle is about to elope with wealthy Loftus Roupelle when Nigel stops her. Enraged, Belle informs her husband that Nigel was her previous lover, a revelation which estranges the two friends. The damage done, Belle escapes with Roupelle. The next day, Brian realizes that he has wronged Nigel and works to restore both their fortunes so that his friend can marry ...

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After a prologue showing Lillith tempting Adam at the tree of knowledge, the action shifts to modern-day England. Young Nigel Stanyon falls victim to the wiles of a siren named Belle, but she deserts him for a wealthy admirer after he spends all of his money on her. Nigel is then found by his friend Mostyn Hollingsworth, who installs him as manager of his estate. There Nigel meets and falls in love with his neighbor, Monica. When Brian returns from abroad with his new bride Belle, Nigel is shocked, but remains silent. Upon discovering that her husband is on the verge of bankruptcy, Belle is about to elope with wealthy Loftus Roupelle when Nigel stops her. Enraged, Belle informs her husband that Nigel was her previous lover, a revelation which estranges the two friends. The damage done, Belle escapes with Roupelle. The next day, Brian realizes that he has wronged Nigel and works to restore both their fortunes so that his friend can marry Monica.

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Genre:


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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