Scarlet Days

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Scarlet Days
Scarlet Days 1919.jpg
Film poster
Directed by D. W. Griffith
Produced by D. W. Griffith
Written by Stanner E. V. Taylor (original story, scenario)
Starring Richard Barthelmess
Clarine Seymour
Cinematography G. W. Bitzer
Edited by James Smith
Distributed by Paramount Pictures/Artcraft
Release dates
  • November 30, 1919 (1919-11-30)
Running time
7 reels (6,916 feet)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Scarlet Days
Clarine Seymour as Chiquita

Scarlet Days is a 1919 American silent western film produced and directed by D. W. Griffith and released through Paramount/Artcraft Pictures, Artcraft being an affiliate of Paramount. Richard Barthelmess stars in a role for which Griffith had screentested Rudolph Valentino.[1][2]

Considered a lost film, it was found in the State Film Archives of the Soviet Union, which donated it to the Museum of Modern Art.[3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Rosie Nell (Besserer), a woman of dance halls in early lawless California, is wrongly charged with the murder of one of her fellow entertainers. Because her daughter (Dempster), who knows nothing of her mother's station in life, is to return the next day from her school in the east, Rosie is granted three days of grace to be spent in company with her daughter at a nearby cabin. The three days pass happily, but King Bagley (Long), manager of the dance hall, has seen the daughter and determined to make her his own. The women barricade themselves in the cabin to resist capture and Alvarez (Barthelmess), a young outlaw with considerable local prestige, comes to their assistance. John Randolph (Graves), who also loves the young woman, joins the fight on their side, which ends with the timely arrival of the Sheriff (Fawcett). This results in a happy ending.



  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Scarlet Days". 
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. ^ "Soviet Film Archive Provide Americana Two Missing Works of D.W. Griffith" (PDF). Museum of Modern Art. March 24, 1969. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Reviews: Scarlet Days". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (26): 71. December 20, 1919. 

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