Daybreak (1918 film)

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A newspaper advertisement for this film and several others.
Directed by Albert Capellani
Written by Albert Capellani
Starring Emily Stevens
Cinematography David Calcagni
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
  • January 7, 1918 (1918-01-07)
Running time
Five reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Daybreak is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by Albert Capellani. The film is considered to be lost.[1][2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] Edith Frome (Stevens) finds it impossible to live with her husband Arthur (L'Estrange), who overindulges in liquor, and finally leaves him. After a separation of three years, she returns. each evening she goes out and returns late, which arouses the suspicion of her husband. He has his secretary follow her and learns that she visits a child. Because of her friendliness with Dr. David Brett (Phillips), Arthur suspects the worst and institutes divorce proceedings. Edith tells him the truth concerning the child and Arthur, realizing his folly with his debauches, swears off liquor and they are reunited.



Like many American films of the time, Daybreak was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut two intertitles, "Now I know the truth — you have a child and Dr. Brett is the —" and "Yes and I know who's the father", and a shooting scene.[4]


  1. ^ Kear, Lynn (2009). Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-7864-4363-5. 
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..Daybreak
  3. ^ "Reviews: Daybreak". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (4): 25. January 19, 1918. 
  4. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (5): 33. January 26, 1918. 

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