The Restless Sex

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The Restless Sex
Marion Davies in The Restless Sex by Robert W. Chambers Photoplay 1918.png
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Directed by Leon D'Usseau
Robert Z. Leonard
Written by Frances Marion
Based on The Restless Sex
by Robert W. Chambers
Starring Marion Davies
Ralph Kellard
Cinematography Allen G. Siegler
Distributed by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Release dates
  • September 12, 1920 (1920-09-12)
Running time
7 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Restless Sex is a 1920 American silent drama film starring Marion Davies, and Ralph Kellard. It was directed by Leon D'Usseau and Robert Z. Leonard and written by Frances Marion. The film is based upon the 1918 novel of the same name by Robert W. Chambers and was distributed by Paramount Pictures under the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation name.

A copy of The Restless Sex is housed at the Library of Congress and Gosfilmofond.[1] A limited edition DVD was released by Edward Lorusso in 2015.


Stephanie (Steve) is a restless and adventurous young woman. She is in love with Jim, her foster brother and childhood sweetheart. But now, she also finds herself attracted to art student Oswald Grismer. Jim leaves for Paris to become an author. In this period, Steve and Oswald decide to marry each other. When Jim finds out, he returns home to win Steve over.

Film ads noted the costume design by Erté.



Costume design for the film, which featured Egyptian-style costumes for the "Bal des Arts" scene, was done by Erté.[2] He also worked on art direction with Joseph Urban.


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Restless Sex at
  2. ^ Jean-Marcel Humbert, Michael Pantazzi, and Christiane Ziegler (1994). Egyptomania: Egypt in Western Art, 1730 - 1930. National Gallery of Canada. p. 508. ISBN 0-8888-4-6363. 

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