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Orphans of the Storm
Alternate Title: The Two Orphans
Director: D. W. Griffith (Dir)
Release Date:   1921
Premiere Information:   Boston premiere: 28 Dec 1921
Duration (in feet):   13,500
Duration (in reels):   14
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Cast:   Lillian Gish (Henriette Girard)  
    Dorothy Gish (Louise)  
    Joseph Schildkraut (Chevalier de Vaudrey)  
    Frank Losee (Count de Linières)  
    Katherine Emmett (Countess de Linières)  
    Morgan Wallace (Marquis de Praille)  
    Lucille La Verne (Mother Frochard)  
    Sheldon Lewis (Jacques Frochard)  
    Frank Puglia (Pierre Frochard)  
    Creighton Hale (Picard)  
    Leslie King (Jacques-Forget-Not)  
    Monte Blue (Danton)  
    Sidney Herbert (Robespierre)  
    Lee Kohlmar (King Louis XVI)  
    Adolphe Lestina (Doctor)  
    Kate Bruce (Sister Geneviève)  
    Flora Finch (Starving peasant)  
    Louis Wolheim (Executioner)  
    Kenny Delmar (The Chevalier, as a boy)  
    Herbert Sutch (Meat-carver at fête)  
    James Smith (Dancer)  
    Rose Smith (Dancer)  

Summary: Louise is taken to Paris by her adopted sister, Henriette, to cure her blindness. Henriette is abducted by a marquis but is rescued by another aristocrat. Louise falls into the clutches of a beggar woman; Henriette and her lover are sentenced to the guillotine, but fortunately Danton comes to their rescue. 

Production Company: D. W. Griffith, Inc.  
Distribution Company: United Artists  
Director: D. W. Griffith (Dir)
Producer: D. W. Griffith (Pres)
  D. W. Griffith (Prod)
Writer: Marquis de Trolignac (Scen)
Photography: Hendrik Sartov (Dir of photog)
  Paul Allen (Dir of photog)
  G. W. Bitzer (Dir of photog)
  Herbert Sutch (Asst photog)
Art Direction: Charles M. Kirk (Art dir)
  Frank Wortman (Tech dir)
Film Editor: James Smith (Assembly)
  Rose Smith (Assembly)
Set Decoration: Edward Scholl (Set dec)
Music: Louis F. Gottschalk (Mus arr)
  William Frederick Peters (Mus arr)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs:
Source Text: Based on the play Les deux orphelines by Adolphe Philippe Dennery and Eugene Cormon (1875), as adapted by N. Hart Jackson and Albert Marshman.
Authors: Eugène Cormon
  Adolphe Philippe Dennery

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
D. W. Griffith, Inc. 12/12/1921 dd/mm/yyyy LP18035

Physical Properties: b&w:
  Si:

 
Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Historical
 
Subjects (Major): Blindness
  Georges Jacques Danton
  France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799
  Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793
  Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
  Sisters

Note: The working title of this film was The Two Orphans . Additional material for this film was apparently drawn from Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution. According to contemporary sources a 12 reel, 12,000 ft. version of the film was released 30 Apr 1922. An earlier adaptation of the play Les deux orphelines was produced by Fox in 1915 under the title The Two Orphans , directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Theda Bara and Jean Sothern (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   8 Jan 1922   p. 3.
MPW   31 Dec 1921   p. 1125.
New York Times   29 Jan 1922   Section 6, p. 2.
Photoplay   Jul 1922   p. 93.
Variety   6 Jan 1922   p. 42.

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