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The Idol Dancer
(1920) American
B&W : Seven reels / 7033 feet
Directed by D.W. Griffith

Cast: Richard Barthelmess [Dan McGuire, the beachcomber], Clarine Seymour [Mary, also known as White Almond Flower], Creighton Hale [Walter Kincaid], George MacQuarrie [Reverend Franklyn Blythe], Kate Bruce [Mrs. Blythe], Porter Strong [Reverend Peter], Florence Short [Pansy], Thomas Carr [Donald Blythe], Anders Randolph (Anders Randolf) [the blackbirder], Walter James [Chief Wando]; Herbert Sutch [Old Thomas], Adolphe Lestina [a black slave], Ben Graver [a native boy], Walter Kolomoku [a native musician]

D.W. Griffith production; distributed by First National Exhibitors’ Circuit, Incorporated. / Scenario by S.E.Z. Taylor (Stanner E.V. Taylor), from a screen story by Gordon Ray Young. Photographed (cinematography) by G.W. Bitzer + [Paul H. Allen]. / © 7 May 1920 by David W. Griffith (D.W. Griffith) [LP15114]. Premiered 21 March 1920 at the Mark Strand Theatre in New York, New York. Released 21 March 1920. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Working title: Fires of Love. The film was subtitled: A Story of the Southern Seas. Clarine Seymour died 25 April 1920 from complications during an emergency operation for an intestinal blockage; this was her last film.


Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.2120.

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: USA: Florida: Fort Lauderdale

Listing updated: 24 September 2013.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F1 n. F1.2120; Barry-Griffith pp. 29, 61-62; Everson-American p. 188; Katchmer-Eighty pp. 17, 20; Limbacher-Feature p. 118 : ClasIm-224 p. 38 : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

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