Down to Earth (1917 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Down to Earth
Down to Earth.jpg
Directed byJohn Emerson
Produced byDouglas Fairbanks
Written byDouglas Fairbanks (story)
Anita Loos (scenario)
John Emerson (scenario)
Anita Loos (intertitles)
StarringDouglas Fairbanks
CinematographyVictor Fleming
Harry Thorpe
Distributed byArtcraft Pictures
Release date
August 12, 1917
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Down to Earth

Down to Earth, also known as The Optimist, is a 1917 American comedy romance film starring Douglas Fairbanks and Eileen Percy, and directed by John Emerson. Most of the principal photography was filmed in Yosemite National Park.[1][2]


Bill Gaynor (Fairbanks) follows Ethel (Percy), the girl he loves, to a sanitarium she is staying to recuperate from a nervous break down. Ethel had previously refused his proposal in favor of a socialite, Charles Riddles (Charles K. Gerrard). Bill hatches up a plan to save Ethel and the other hypochondriacs from the sanitarium, taking them on his yacht through the ruse of a smallpox scare. The yacht crashes onto an island, where Bill makes the invalids work for their own food and where they all overcome their illnesses. Upon discovering that Palm Beach is in the valley below them, Ethel and Charley go out to a party, but Ethel yearns for the natural life of the camp. She returns to Bill, finally accepting his offer for marriage.[3][4]



  1. ^ "Down to Earth". IMDB.
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Down to Earth
  3. ^ "Down to Earth (1917)". AFI.
  4. ^ "Down to Earth (1917)". Nuray Pictures.

External links[edit]