The Land of Promise

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The Land of Promise
Directed by Joseph Kaufman
Produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Written by Charles Whittaker (scenario)
Based on The Land of Promise 
by W. Somerset Maugham
Starring Billie Burke
Thomas Meighan
Cinematography William Marshall
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
December 9, 1917
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Land of Promise is a 1917 silent American comedy drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Joseph Kaufman and starred Billie Burke and Thomas Meighan. The film is based on the 1913 play The Land of Promise by W. Somerset Maugham, which also starred Burke on Broadway with Shelly Hull as her leading man.

The film was remade in 1926 by Paramount as The Canadian with Thomas Meighan reprising his role as Frank Taylor.


As described in a film magazine,[1] when her employer dies, leaving her penniless, Nora Marsh (Burke) decides to make her home with her brother Edward (Johnston) in Canada. She cannot, however, get along with her sister-in-law Gertie (Alden) and life becomes a hardship. The hired man Frank Taylor (Meighan) owns a farm of his own, but a storm has destroyed his crops and forced him to work. Shortly after Nora's arrival he leaves for his farm. Nora hears a remark that he intends to get a woman to be his wife and housekeeper and she decides to take a chance. They get married and he takes her to his house, which she soon has cozy and homelike. Wild mustard seed infests Taylor's crops and destroy them. Nora has received some money from England is thinking of leaving Taylor. When she learns that he will have to be a hired man again, she decides to stay and give him the use of her money.


Preservation status[edit]

The House That Shadows Built (1931) promotional film by Paramount, contains an unidentified Billie Burke clip almost certainly from The Land of Promise. Other than this brief clip, this is considered a lost film.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Reviews: The Land of Promise". Exhibitors Herald (New York: Exhibitors Herald Company) 5 (24): 23–24. December 8, 1917. 
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. ^ The Land of Promise as produced on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre by Charles Frohman, Dec. 25, 1913 to May 1914, 76 performances;

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