||Norma Shearer, Lon Chaney (center) and William Haines.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
The Tower of Lies
B&W : Seven reels / [?] 6708 or 6849? feet
Directed by Victor Seastrom (Victor Sjöström) Victor Sjostrom
Cast: Norma Shearer [Glory], Lon Chaney [Jan], Ian Keith [Lars], Claire McDowell [Katrina], William Haines [August], David Torrence [Eric], Anne Schaefer [Helma], Adele Watson [the farmer’s wife], Mary Jane Irving [the little girl], Edward Connelly [the curate], Bodil Rosing [the midwife], Leo White [the peddler], Lew Cody
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Produced by [?] Irving Thalberg and/or Louis B. Mayer? Scenario by Agnes Christine Johnston and Max Marcin, from the novel Kejsarn av Portugallien en Värmlandsberättelse (The Emperor of Portugalia) by Selma Lagerlöf. Set design by Cedric Gibbons and James Basevi. Cinematography by Percy Hilburn. Intertitles by Marian Ainslee and Ruth Cummings. / © 11 September 1925 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation [LP21882]. Released 11 October 1925. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. The film was released 13 September 1926 in Finland.
Survival status: The film is presumed lost : Rumors persist that a print exists in Denmark.
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Elopements - Families: Father-daughter relationships - Farmers - Landlords - Self-sacrifice
Listing updated: 23 June 2014.
References: Bardèche-History p. 264; Bohn-Light p. 110; Eames-MGM p. 23; Everson-American p. 310n; Fell-History p. 124; FilmYearBook-1926 p. 57; Forslund-Sjöström p. 279; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 56; McIlroy-Sweden p. 28; Weaver-Twenty p. 77 : Website-AFI.