Forbidden Fruit (1921 film)

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Forbidden Fruit
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Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Written by Cecil B. DeMille
Jeanie MacPherson
Starring Agnes Ayres
Cinematography Alvin Wyckoff
Edited by Anne Bauchens
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • January 23, 1921 (1921-01-23)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget $340,000

Forbidden Fruit is a 1921 American drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille.[1] It is a remake of the 1915 film The Golden Chance, which was also directed by DeMille. The film survives in prints at George Eastman House and the Library of Congress.[2][3]


Based upon a summary in a film publication,[4] Mrs. Mallory (Williams) persuades Mary Maddock (Ayres), her seamstress, to take the place of an absent guest at her dinner party. Gorgeously gowned and very beautiful, Mary wins the heart of Nelson Rogers (Stanley), who asks her to marry him. Mary realizes what she is missing and remains faithful to her abusive and idle husband Steve Maddock (Burton), whom she supports. After a final insult from him, she remains with the Mallory's. During that night she is awakened to find a burglar, her husband, stealing Mrs. Mallory's jewels. Steve escapes but Mary tells the Mallory's that the thief was her husband. She refuses their suggestion of divorce and to Steve, who then attempts to blackmail Nelson for $10,000, which he plans to divide with a crooked partner. In a fight over the money the partner kills Steve, leaving Mary free to marry Nelson.



  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Forbidden Fruit". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  3. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress published by The American Film Institute, c.1978
  4. ^ "Forbidden Fruit: Gorgeously Extravagant Production of Modern Cinderella Story". Film Daily (New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc.) 15 (28): 2. Jan 30, 1921. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 

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