The Unpardonable Sin

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The Unpardonable Sin
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Blanche Sweet coming attraction shot
Directed by Marshall Neilan
Alfred E. Green (assistant director)
Produced by Harry Garson
Blanche Sweet
Written by Kathryn Stuart (scenario)
Based on The Unpardonable Sin 
by Rupert Hughes
Starring Blanche Sweet
Mary Alden
Cinematography Tony Gaudio
Henry Cronjager
Distributed by World Pictures
Release dates
  • March 2, 1919 (1919-03-02)
Running time
9 reels
(2,700 meters)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Unpardonable Sin is a 1919 American silent drama/propaganda film set during World War I. The film was produced by Harry Garson, directed by Marshall Neilan, and stars Neilan's wife Blanche Sweet whose portrays dual roles in the film. The Unpardonable Sin is based on the novel of the same name by Rupert Hughes.[1] Its survival status is classified as unknown,[1] suggesting that it is a lost film.


The film follows two American sisters: Alice and Dimny Parcot (Sweet in a dual role). Alice and their mother (Mary Alden) get stranded in Belgium when World War I breaks out. Both are raped by German soldiers and die. Dimny, who is still in the United States, is unaware of the fates of her sister and mother. She sets out to Belgium to find them. During her quest, she too is attacked by the same German soldier who raped her mother and sister.



Upon its release, the film was banned by the Kansas Board of Review due to its depiction of rape.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Progressive Silent Film List: The Unpardonable Sin at
  2. ^ Butters, Gerald R. (2007). Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966. University of Missouri Press. p. 143. ISBN 0-826-26603-7. 

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