|Directed by||Victor Fleming|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor
|Written by||Margaret Turnbull (scenario)|
|Based on||Anna Ascends
by Henry Chapman Ford
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Anna Ascends is a 1922 American silent romantic drama film directed by Victor Fleming, and based on the play of the same title by Henry Chapman Ford. Alice Brady reprises her starring role from the 1920 Broadway play of the same name. The film is largely lost, with only a six-minute fragment still in existence.
The Broadway play is about a working class Syrian American waitress who through hard work "ascends" the social and economic ladder and becomes successful in the United States. The playwright Henry Chapman Ford loosely based his play on a real-life Syrian immigrant waitress in Boston named Anna Ayyoub, who mesmerized him. In his book, The Arab Americans: A history, writer Gregory Orfalea describes Ford's inspiration by quoting him, "Their family life, their clean way of living impressed me and I decided that the Americanization of such a race was a big factor in making the "melting pot" one of the greatest nations of history". Ford went on: "I figured here is a people who could read and write probably 6,000 years before the northern 'blue eyes'. Here is a race who had a fine culture along with the great Egyptian dynasties, and as criminology seems to be a statistical fad at the present writing, here are a people who have less, en ratio, in prisons, than any other in the world. Hence, I figured, why not write a Syrian drama, a virigin field, anent the Syrians?"
- Alice Brady - Anna Ayyob
- Robert Ellis - Howard Fisk
- David Powell - The Baron
- Nita Naldi - Countess Rostoff
- Charles K. Gerrard - Count Rostoff
- Edouard Durand - Siad Coury (as Edward Durand)
- Florence Dixon - Bessie Fisk
- Grace Griswold - Miss Fisk
- Frederick Burton - Mr. Fisk
- White Munden, Kenneth, ed. (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1921-1930. University of California Press. p. 19. ISBN 0-520-20969-9.
- "Anna Ascends". silentera.com.
- Orfalea, Gregory The Arab Americans: A History. Olive Branch Press. Northampton, MA, 2006. Page 85
- Anna Ascends at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Anna Ascends at the Internet Movie Database
- Anna Ascends at the TCM Movie Database
- Anna Ascends at AllMovie
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