Fifty-Fifty (1916 film)

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Fifty-Fifty 1916 movieposter.jpg
Movie poster
Directed by Allan Dwan
Produced by D. W. Griffith
Written by Allan Dwan (original story)
Robert Shirley (adaptation)
Starring Norma Talmadge
J. W. Johnston
Marie Chambers
Fine Arts Film Company
Distributed by Triangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 22, 1916 (1916-10-22)
Running time
55 min. (6-reels)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Fifty-Fifty is an American silent drama film directed by Allan Dwan whose story was adapted for the screen by Robert Shirley. The Fine Arts Film Company production was made under the aegis of Triangle Film Corporation which released it on October 22, 1916. The leading roles are played by Norma Talmadge, J. W. Johnston, and Marie Chambers.[1] A print of the film is in the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection.[2]


The title, which refers to the community property division of marital assets in divorce proceedings, foretells the dissolution of the union between financially secure Frederick Harmon (J. W. Johnston) and Naomi (Norma Talmadge), a fun-loving uninhibited artist whom her Bohemian artist friends affectionately reference as "the Nut". The "other woman" (Marie Chambers), intent on misleading Harmon as to his wife's virtue and intentions completes the triangle. The matter comes up for a resolution in front of a wise and experienced family court judge.



A 1925 remake also titled Fifty-fifty, set the story in Paris and New York, had a French director, Henri Diamant-Berger, and starred Hope Hampton, Lionel Barrymore and Louise Glaum.


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