Enoch Arden (1915 film)

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Enoch Arden
Enoch Arden (1915) - Wedding.jpg
Film still of the wedding of Enoch and Annie
Directed by Christy Cabanne
Written by D. W. Griffith
Based on "Enoch Arden"
by Tennyson
Starring Alfred Paget
Lillian Gish
Cinematography William Fildew
Distributed by Mutual Films Corporation
Release date
  • April 8, 1915 (1915-04-08)
Running time
40 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent

Enoch Arden is a 1915 American short drama film directed by Christy Cabanne. It is based on the poem "Enoch Arden" by Tennyson.[1] A print of the film exists at the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection.[1]


Based on a summary in a film magazine,[2] Enoch, Annie, and Walter grow up as friends. Later, Annie decides to marry Enoch, but Walter, though bitter about the decision, remains their friend. Enoch and Annie have two children. Then business takes Enoch on a sailing voyage, which he states will take less than one year, and he asks Walter to look over his family while he is gone. Enoch does not return, and Walter dutifully cares after Enoch's wife and children. After ten years word comes of a wreck seen in the Pacific, and everyone believes Enoch has died. Walter and Annie then marry. One night a stranger comes to the house and through a window sees Walter, Annie, and the children happy. The stranger, who is Enoch, finds an old woman who tells him what happened. Enoch tells her to keep his secret, and then leaves. He later dies with a smile on his face.



The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


  1. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: Enoch Arden". Silent Era. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Enoch Arden". Reel Life. Chicago: Mutual Film Corp. 6 (2): 16. Mar 20, 1915. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  3. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved August 19, 2016. 

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