A Doll's House (1922 film)

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A Doll's House
Nazimova A doll's house.jpg
Nazimova and Alan Hale
Directed byCharles Bryant
Produced byAlla Nazimova
Written byPeter M. Winters (aka Alla Nazimova) (scenario)
Based onA Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byLou L. Ostrow
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • February 12, 1922 (1922-02-12)
Running time
7 reels; 6,650 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

A Doll's House is a 1922 American silent drama film produced by and starring Alla Nazimova and directed by her husband Charles Bryant. The couple released the film through United Artists. It is based on the play A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen with the scenario written by Nazimova under the pseudonym Peter M. Winters. The film was the fourth silent version filmed of the play, being preceded by a 1918 Paramount film directed by Maurice Tourneur. The film is classified as being lost.[1][2][3][4]


As described in a film magazine,[5] in a slightly modernized version of the story that could take place in any town, Torvald Helmer (Hale) is ill at home, and is ordered by his physician Dr. Rank (De Brulier) to a southern clime. His wife Nora (Nazimova) forges her father's name to a bank note to raise money to save her husband's life. Six years later, when she has but one payment left on the note, Nils Krogstad (Nowell) threatens to expose her unless she intercedes and prevents her husband from discharging him from the bank. Nora begs her husband to have Krogstad remain. Torvald learns her reason for her request and accuses Nora unjustly. When Krogstad returns Nora's note marked "paid," Torvald is overjoyed that his own reputation is saved, and agrees to overlook the past. Nora, however, decides that her first duty is to be a human being and leaves her husband and children. She walks out into the storm and declares that it is "the end and the beginning."



  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: A Doll's House at silentera.com
  2. ^ "A Doll's House at TheGreatStars.com; Lost Films Wanted". Archived from the original on 2014-12-25. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: A Doll's House
  4. ^ A Doll's House at TheGreatStars.com; Lost Films Wanted(Wayback Machine)
  5. ^ "Reviews: A Doll's House". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (13): 60. March 25, 1922.

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