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The Dark Swan
Director: Millard Webb (Dir)
Release Date:   7 Dec 1924
Premiere Information:   New York premiere: Nov 1924
Duration (in feet):   6,700
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Marie Prevost (Eve Quinn)  
    Monte Blue (Lewis Dike)  
    Helene Chadwick (Cornelia Quinn)  
    John Patrick (Wilfred Meadows)  
    Lilyan Tashman (Sybil Johnson)  
    Vera Lewis (Mrs. Quinn)  
    Carlton Miller (Tim Fontanelle)  
    Mary MacLaren (Mary Robinson)  
    Arthur Rankin (Clifford Raynes)  

Summary: "Because she is a clever vamp, Eve Quinn has generally had her way with men, while her sister Cornelia, a quiet, deep-thinking girl, cannot bring herself to deliberately pursue them. So Eve wins Lewis Dike, whom Cornelia loves. Immediately after her marriage Eve begins a series of dangerous adventures with Wilfred Meadows. Lewis learns of them and endeavors to reason with his wife, but she will not listen to him. As Cornelia is sailing for Europe, Lewis meets her at the dock, tells her that he has made a mistake in marrying Eve, that they are to be divorced and that he loves Cornelia. They part with mutual assurances of a future meeting." ( Moving Picture World, 29 Nov 1924, p545.) 

Production Company: Warner Brothers Pictures  
Director: Millard Webb (Dir)
Writer: Fred Jackson (Adpt)
Photography: David Abel (Dir of photog)
  Millard Webb (Dir of photog)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel The Dark Swan by Ernest Pascal (New York, 1924).
Authors: Ernest Pascal

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Brothers Pictures 1/11/1924 dd/mm/yyyy LP20762

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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Divorce
  Flappers
  Infidelity
  Marriage
  Sisters

Note: The novel also was the basis for a 1929 First National dialogue film entitled Wedding Rings . That film was directed by William Beaudine and starred H. B. Warner and Lois Wilson (see entry below). 

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