National Red Cross Pageant

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National Red Cross Pageant
Guy Favières & Ina Claire.jpg
Guy Favières and Ina Claire in the film
Directed by Christy Cabanne
Produced by National Red Cross Pageant Committee
Edited by Mildred Richter
Release dates
  • December 1917 (1917-12)
Running time 5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent

National Red Cross Pageant (1917) is an all-star revue silent film, now considered a lost film,[1] [2] directed by Christy Cabanne.

On October 5, 1917, a live open-air pageant was held on a private estate, Rosemary Farm, near Huntington, New York. The event was mainly the brainchild of Ben Ali Haggin, famous as a stage designer. His wife appears in one of the episodes. The earnings from the live pageant itself went to the Red Cross.

Presumably the filming of the pageant was made with a patriotic fervor in the wake of the United States entry into World War I in April 1917. The proceeds from the film going to the war effort, such as the Red Cross, War Bonds, etc.

A litany of famous Broadway and motion picture stars of the period participated in the production. Lionel, Ethel, and John Barrymore all appeared in the production but not together in the same scenes as they did in Rasputin and the Empress (1932).[3]


  • Edith Wynne Matthison - Prologue
  • Douglas Wood - Herald, Flemish episode
  • Ethel Barrymore - Flanders, Belgium; Flemish and Final episodes
  • Kitty Gordon - Bruges; Flemish episode
  • Margaret Moreland - Ghent; Flemish episode
  • Adelaide Prince - Ypres; Flemish episode
  • Olive Tell - Louvain; Flemish episode
  • Irene Fenwick - Herald; Italian episode
  • Montgomery Irving - The Alps; Italian episode
  • Annette Kellerman - The Mediterranean; Italian episode
  • Josephine Drake - The Adriatic; Italian episode
  • Ethel McDonough - Leader of the Lakes; Italian episode
  • Norman Trevor - Herald; English episode
  • George Backus - King John; English episode
  • Marjorie Wood - Queen; English episode
  • Maclyn Arbuckle - Baron Fitz-Walter; English episode (billed as Macklyn Arbuckle)
  • Lumsden Hare - The Archbishop of Canterbury; English episode
Rehearsals. actors rehearsing for their role in the pageant as well as the film. left to right: Guy Favieres, Mrs. Ben Ali Haggin(Helen Roche-Haggin), Ina Claire(kneeling), Clifton Webb, Ivy Troutman, Eugene O'Brien, Jeanne Eagels, Ben Ali Haggin.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Red Cross Pageant". Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: National Red Cross Pageant
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20, The American Film Institute, c. 1988, p. 652

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