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A Daughter of the Gods

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Director  Herbert Brenon
Budget  1 million USD
7.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Music director  Robert Hood Bowers
Country  United States
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Language  Silent film English intertitles
Release date  October 17, 1916 (1916-10-17)
Writer  Herbert Brenon (screenplay), Herbert Brenon (story)
Cast  Annette Kellerman (Anitia), William E. Shay (Prince Omar), William E. Shay (The Sultan)
Similar movies  Related Herbert Brenon movies

A Daughter of the Gods was a 1916 American silent fantasy drama film written and directed by Herbert Brenon. The film was controversial because of the sequences of what was regarded as superfluous nudity by the character Anitia, played by Australian swimming star Annette Kellermann. The scene is regarded as the first complete nude scene by a major star, which occurred during a waterfall sequence, though most of Kellerman's body is covered by her long hair. It was filmed by Fox Film Corporation in Kingston, Jamaica where huge sets were constructed, and directed by Herbert Brenon.


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Though stills and publicity photos have survived, the film is now considered lost.

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Brenon served as writer of this original scenario/screenplay for the film. However, he more than likely saw and was influenced by David Belasco and John Luther Long's 1902 Broadway play The Darling of the Gods starring Blanche Bates, Robert T. Haines, and young George Arliss, which has a similar theme of reward for rescuing a child and a large ensemble cast. The play differs in that it is set in feudal Japan while the movie is backdropped in an undersea kingdom, not unlike Atlantis.

A Daughter of the Gods A still of Annette Kellerman from A Daughter of the Gods 1916

Brenon makes aspects of the play cinematic (underwater sequences, Kellerman's nudity, etc.) in an obvious effort to avoid plagiarism of Belasco's play and hence a lawsuit.


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A sultan agrees to help an evil witch destroy a mysterious beauty if the witch will bring his young son back to life.


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  • Annette Kellerman as Anitia (daughter of the gods)
  • William E. Shay as Prince Omar (as William Shay)
  • Hal De Forrest as the Sultan
  • Marcelle Hontabat as Celine
  • Violet Horner as Zarrah
  • Jane Lee as Little Prince Omar
  • Stuart Holmes as Moorish merchant
  • Katherine Lee as Nydia
  • Ricca Allen as Witch of Badness
  • Millie Liston as Zarrah's mother (as Milly Liston)
  • Henrietta Gilbert as Fairy of Goodness
  • Walter James as Chief Eunuch
  • Walter McCollough as chief of the Sultan's Guard
  • Mark Price as the slave dealer
  • Louise Rial as his wife
  • Edward Boring as Arab Sheik
  • Barbara Castleton

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