The Brat (1919 film)

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The Brat
Lobby poster
Directed by Herbert Blache
Produced by Alla Nazimova
Written by June Mathis (scenario, titles)
Charles Bryant (writer)
Alla Nazimova (writer)
Based on The Brat
by Maude Fulton
Starring Alla Nazimova
Cinematography Eugene Gaudio
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1919 (1919-09-01)
Running time
7 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Film still with Charles Bryant, Amy Veness, and Alla Nazimova.

The Brat is a 1919 American silent drama film produced by and starring Alla Nazimova and directed by Herbert Blache. The film was released by Metro Pictures, who had Nazimova under contract, and is based on Maude Fulton's 1917 Broadway play in which she starred. It was remade in 1931 in sound with Sally O'Neil in the lead role. The film is lost.[1][2][3][4][5]


As described in a film magazine,[6] the Brat (Nazimova), a chorus girl known by no other name, is discharged from the Summer Garden chorus when she refuses to submit to the advances of Stephen Forrester (Foss), a young waster. He follows her down the street and quarrel ensues, after which she is arrested. At court she is found by MacMillan Forrester (Bryant), her prosecutor's elder brother, who is a novelist in search of an underworld character to study. The judge allows her to go to his home to live for that purpose. Here her unvarnished manner cause Forrester's fiancee and her father, as well as Mrs. Forrester (Veness), much uneasiness. The Brat keep's Stephen's record a secret out of respect for his brother. When the novel is finished and the Brat is about to leave, Stephen attempts to rob MacMillan's safe and the Brat takes the blame. Stephen then makes a clean breast of the affair which exonerates the Brat, and MacMillan's fiancee releases him to marry the woman he has learned to love.



  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Brat at
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  3. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Brat
  4. ^ The Brat as produced on Broadway at the Harris Theatre March 5, 1917 to July 1917, 136 performances;
  5. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Brat
  6. ^ "Reviews: The Brat". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (13): 71. September 20, 1919. 

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