The Dictator (1915 film)

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The Dictator
Newspaper advertisement.
Directed by Oscar Eagle
? Edwin S. Porter
Produced by Adolph Zukor,
Charles Frohman Company
Based on The Dictator
by Richard Harding Davis
Starring John Barrymore
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 21, 1915 (1915-06-21)
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Scene from the film as published in a contemporary newspaper.

The Dictator is a 1915 American silent comedy film directed by Oscar Eagle and reputedly Edwin S. Porter. It was based on a play The Dictator by Richard Harding Davis and produced by Adolph Zukor (Famous Players Film Company) and the Charles Frohman Company. John Barrymore stars in a role played on the stage by William Collier, Sr. whose company Barrymore had performed in this play. The film was rereleased on April 13, 1919 as part of the Paramount "Success Series" of their early screen successes. The story was refilmed in 1922 as The Dictator starring Wallace Reid. Today the film is lost.[1][2][3][4]


  • John Barrymore as Brooke Travers
  • Charlotte Ives as Lucy Sheridan
  • Ruby Hoffman as Juanita
  • Ivan F. Simpson as Simpson
  • Walter Craven as General Campos
  • Robert Broderick as Colonel Bowie
  • Esther Lyon as Mrs. Bowie
  • Henry West as Reverend Bostick (as Harry West)
  • Mario Majeroni as General Rivas
  • Thomas McGrath as Duffy


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Dictator at
  2. ^ The Dictator as produced on Broadway at the Criterion Theatre beginning in 1904
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  4. ^ John Barrymore, A Bio-bibliography by Martin E. Norden, c. 1995 (films rereleased by Paramount as part of "Success-Series")

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