The Lotus Eater (film)

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The Lotus Eater
The Lotus Eater lobbycard.jpg
The Lotus Eater 1921 lobby card
Directed by Marshall Neilan
Produced by Marshall Neilan
John McCormick
Written by Marion Fairfax (scenario)
George Ade (intertitles)
Story by Albert Payson Terhune
Starring John Barrymore
Colleen Moore
Anna Q. Nilsson
Cinematography David Kesson
Edited by Daniel J. Gray
Distributed by Associated First National
Release date
  • November 21, 1921 (1921-11-21) (United States)
Running time
70 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Lotus Eater was a 1921 American silent romantic drama film produced and directed by Marshall Neilan and released through Associated First National. The Lotus Eater starred John Barrymore with Colleen Moore as the female lead. The Lotus Eater is now considered lost.[1][2]


1921 New York City newspaper ad for the film.

Raised aboard a ship, Jacques Leroi has never seen a woman until after the death of his father. Arriving in port in New York, he marries the first woman he meets, the gold-digging Madge. On an expedition, Jacques finds himself shipwrecked on an island whose inhabitants are shipwrecked as well, and have formed their own society. There he meets the native-born Mavis. Once rescued, he returns to New York only to find Madge had dumped him for another man. He returns to Mavis again and finds happiness.


Production background[edit]

The film was shot in part in Florida, Marshall Neilan and his troupe having chartered a yacht in New York and sailing south.[3]

Returning to New York after Florida, interiors for The Lotus Eater were shot at the old Biograph studio in the Bronx. Portions of the film were completed at Santa Catalina Island, though Barrymore was not there, as he was busy with the play Clair de Lune which had opened on April 18.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Lotus Eater at database
  2. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Lotus Eater
  3. ^ “John Barrymore Visits Everglades Club,” Palm Beach Post (Florida), March 16, 1921, page 4.
  4. ^ John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor, by Michael A. Morrison, Cambridge University Press, 1999, page 124.

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