Disraeli (1921 film)

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Disraeli 1921 theatrical poster.jpg
1921 theatrical poster
Directed by Henry Kolker
Produced by Distinctive Productions (formed by Arliss)
Written by Forrest Halsey (scenario)
Based on Disraeli 
by Louis Napoleon Parker
Starring George Arliss
Cinematography Harry Fischbeck(fr.wikipedia)
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • August 28, 1921 (1921-08-28)
Running time
7-9 reels at 6800 feet (circa 80-90 minutes)
Country United States
Language Silent film
(English intertitles)

Disraeli (1921) is an American silent historical drama film directed by Henry Kolker and starring George Arliss. This film feature Arliss's portrayal of Benjamin Disraeli. He had played the same role in the play Disraeli in 1911. Arliss also reprised this role in the 1929 sound film Disraeli.

A British film of the play, Disraeli, had been made in 1916 with the permission of the author Louis Napoleon Parker. Because of the production of the 1916 film (angering Arliss while he was still performing the play on Broadway) Arliss later secured all screen rights to the play from its author Louis Napoleon Parker. This movie is the result of Arliss's after his efforts and frustrations with Parker.[1][2]

According to silentera.com, this is a lost film with the exception of one reel, at George Eastman House.[3] The FIAF database and Library of Congress Silent Database, list complete copies in Gosfilmofond, Moscow, Russia and Cinematheque Royale de Belgique Brussels.[4]


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  1. ^ George Arliss: The Man Who Played God by Robert M. Fells c. 2004
  2. ^ The Broadway League. "Disraeli - IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". ibdb.com. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Disraeli". silentera.com. 
  4. ^ "Disraeli / Henry Kolker [motion picture]:Bibliographic Record Description: Performing Arts Encyclopedia, Library of Congress". loc.gov. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 

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