Forbidden Fruit (1921 film)

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Forbidden Fruit
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Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Screenplay by Jeanie MacPherson
Based on "The Golden Chance"
by Cecil B. DeMille and Jeanie MacPherson
Starring Agnes Ayres
Clarence Burton
Theodore Roberts
Kathlyn Williams
Cinematography Alvin Wyckoff
Edited by Anne Bauchens
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • January 23, 1921 (1921-01-23)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget $340,000
Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Agnes Ayers, Forrest Stanley, Clarence Burton, and Kathlyn Williams. It is a remake of the 1915 film The Golden Chance, which was also directed by DeMille. The film survives in prints at George Eastman House and the Library of Congress.[1]


Mrs. Mallory (Williams) persuades Mary Maddock (Ayres), her unhappily married seamstress, to take the place of an absent guest at her dinner party. Gorgeously gowned and very beautiful, Mary wins the heart of Nelson Rogers (Stanley), who asks her to marry him. Mary realizes what she is missing and remains faithful to her abusive and idle husband Steve Maddock (Burton), whom she supports. After a final insult from him, she remains with the Mallorys. During that night she is awakened to find a burglar, her husband, stealing Mrs. Mallory's jewels. Steve escapes but Mary tells the Mallorys that the thief was her husband. She refuses the Mallorys' suggestion to divorce Steve who then attempts to blackmail Nelson for $10,000, which he plans to divide with a crooked partner. In a fight over the money the partner kills Steve, leaving Mary free to marry Nelson.[2]



  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Forbidden Fruit". Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  2. ^ "Forbidden Fruit: Gorgeously Extravagant Production of Modern Cinderella Story". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 15 (28): 2. Jan 30, 1921. Retrieved March 7, 2014.

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