The Lotus Eater (film)
|The Lotus Eater|
The Lotus Eater 1921 lobby card
|Directed by||Marshall Neilan|
|Produced by||Marshall Neilan
|Written by||Marion Fairfax (scenario)
George Ade (intertitles)
|Story by||Albert Payson Terhune|
Anna Q. Nilsson
|Edited by||Daniel J. Gray|
|Marshall Neilan Productions|
|Distributed by||Associated First National|
|Running time||70 mins.|
The Lotus Eater was a 1921 American silent romantic drama film produced and directed by Marshall Neilan and released through Associated First National. The Lotus Eater starred John Barrymore with Colleen Moore as the female lead. The Lotus Eater is now considered lost.
Raised aboard a ship, Jacques Leroi has never seen a woman until after the death of his father. Arriving in port in New York, he marries the first woman he meets, the gold-digging Madge. On an expedition, Jacques finds himself shipwrecked on an island whose inhabitants are shipwrecked as well, and have formed their own society. There he meets the native-born Mavis. Once rescued, he returns to New York only to find Madge had dumped him for another man. He returns to Mavis again and finds happiness.
- John Barrymore as Jacques Leroi
- Colleen Moore as Mavis
- Anna Q. Nilsson as Madge Vance
- Ida Waterman as Mrs. Hastings Vance
- Frank Currier as The Dean
- Wesley Barry as Jocko
- J. Barney Sherry as John Carson
- Dorothy Mackaill
The film was shot in part in Florida, Marshall Neilan and his troupe having chartered a yacht in New York and sailing south.
Returning to New York after Florida, interiors for The Lotus Eater were shot at the old Biograph studio in the Bronx. Portions of the film were completed at Santa Catalina Island, though Barrymore was not there, as he was busy with the play Clair de Lune which opened on April 18.
- The Lotus Eater at silentera.com database
- “John Barrymore Visits Everglades Club,” Palm Beach Post (Florida), March 16, 1921, page 4.
- John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor, by Michael A. Morrison, Cambridge University Press, 1999, page 124.
- The Lotus Eater at the Internet Movie Database
- The Lotus Eater at AllMovie
- Still taken during production
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