Zaza (1915 film)

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Contemporary newspaper advertisement.
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
Hugh Ford
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Charles Frohman
Written by David Belasco
Based on Zaza
by Pierre Berton and Charles Simon
Starring Pauline Frederick
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 11, 1915 (1915-11-11)
Running time
50 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Zaza was a 1915 American silent romantic drama film produced by Famous Players Film Company in association with the Charles Frohman Company, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by Edwin S. Porter and Hugh Ford and stars Pauline Frederick in the title role. The film is based on the 1899 French stage play of the same name that starred Mrs. Leslie Carter.[1]

Zaza's original release date was scheduled for October 4, 1915. However, a nitrate fire at the Famous Players studio on September 11, 1915 caused the film's release to be delayed until November 11.[2] The film is now considered lost.[3][4][5]


  • Pauline Frederick - Zaza
  • Julian L'Estrange - Bernard Dufrene
  • Ruth Sinclair - Madame Dufrene
  • Maude Granger - Aunt Rosa
  • Blanche Fisher - Louise
  • Helen Sinnott - Nathalie
  • Mark Smith - Cascart
  • Charles Butler - Duc de Brissac
  • Walter Craven - Dubois
  • Madge Evans - Child (uncredited)

Other adaptations[edit]

The play was adapted for the screen again in 1923 starring Gloria Swanson, and in 1939, starring Claudette Colbert.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lombardi, Frederic (2013). Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios. McFarland. pp. 128, 130. ISBN 0-786-43485-6. 
  2. ^ "Zaza". Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Tarbox, Charles H. (1983). Lost films, 1895-1917. Film Classic Exchange. p. 245. 
  4. ^ The Pauline Frederick webpage: Zaza
  5. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..Zaza
  6. ^ Carr, Larry (1970). Four Fabulous Faces: Swanson, Garbo, Crawford, Dietrich. Penguin Books. p. 40. 

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