||Lillian Gish (left) and Dorothy Gish.
Photograph: Photoplay Productions collection; courtesy Le Giornate del Cinema Muto.
Orphans of the Storm
B&W : Twelve reels / 4115 metres
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cast: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Josef Schildkraut (Joseph Schildkraut), Frank Losee, Catherine Emmet, Morgan Wallace, Lucille La Verne, Sheldon Lewis, Frank Puglia, Creighton Hale, Leslie E. King, Monte Blue, Sidney Herbert, Leo Kohlmar, Adolphe Lestina, Kate Bruce, Louis Wolheim, Flora Finch, Kenny Delmar, Herbert Sutch, James Smith, Rose Smith
D.W. Griffith, Incorporated, production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Produced by D.W. Griffith. Scenario by Marquis Gaston de Trolignac (D.W. Griffith), from the play adaptation The Two Orphans by N. Hart Jackson and Albert Marshman of the play Les Deux orphelines (The Two Orphans) by Adolphe-Philippe D’Ennery and Eugène Cormon (through arrangement with Kate Claxton), and on the book The History of the French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle. Art direction by Charles M. Kirk. Set design by Edward Scholl. Costume design by Herman Patrick Tappe. Technical direction by Frank ‘Huck’ Wortman. Assistant director, Herbert Sutch. Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer and Hendrik Sartov + [Paul H. Allen]. Original music score arranged by Louis F. Gottschalk and William Frederick Peters. Presented by D.W. Griffith. / © 1921 by D.W. Griffith. World premiere, 28 December 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts. Premiered 2 January 1922 at the Apollo Theatre in New York, New York. General release, 30 April 1922. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The film originally was shown with a five minute intermission.
Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives].
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Blindness - Families: Long-lost relatives, Sisters - France - French Revolution (1789-1799) - Guillotines
Listing updated: 24 September 2013.
References: Film credits, film viewing : Bardèche-History p. 202; Barry-Griffith pp. 32, 35, 66, 67-69, 70; Bohn-Light pp. xxi, 60; Brownlow-Parade pp. 80, 88, 93, 183, 282, 302, 388, 539; Everson-American pp. 11, 157, 158, 171, 175, 178, 179-182, 183-186, 188, 214, 216, 246c, 317; Fell-History pp. 56, 71, 74, 75; Gallagher-Ford p. 92; Geduld-Birth p. 38; Higashi-Virgins pp. 12-14; Kerr-Silent p. 31; Keylin-NYTimes p. 157; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 48; Lahue-Triangle p. 106; Leish-Cinema pp. 53, 58; Limbacher-Feature p. 181; Maeder-Hollywood pp. 16, 33, 211-212; Shipman-Cinema p. 72; Sinyard-Silent p. 32; Smith-Colman p. 8; Sweeney-Coming p. 41; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 54-59, 215; Weaver-Twenty pp. 145, 146; Webb-Hollywood p. 126.
Home video: DVD.