GenreDrama, Romance Story byAlexandre Dumas CountryUnited States
English intertitles Release dateSeptember 30, 1917 (1917-09-30) Based onLa Dame aux Camelias
by Alexandre Dumas, fils WriterAlexandre Dumas fils (novel), Adrian Johnson CastTheda Bara (Marguerite Gautier), Alan Roscoe, Richard Barthelmess, Claire Whitney, Glen White Related J. Gordon Edwards moviesTheda Bara and Alan Roscoe appear in Camille and Salome, Theda Bara and Alan Roscoe appear in Camille and Cleopatra, Theda Bara and others appear in Camille and A Woman There Was, Theda Bara and others appear in Camille and The Darling of Paris
Camille is a 1917 American silent film based on the play adaptation of La Dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias) by Alexandre Dumas, fils, first published in French as a novel in 1848 and as a play in 1852. Adapted for the screen by Adrian Johnson, Camille was directed by J. Gordon Edwards and starred Theda Bara as Camille and Albert Roscoe as her lover, Armand.
The film was produced by Fox Film Corporation and shot at the Fox Studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Camille saint sae ns film footage taken in 1917
As described in a film magazine, Armand Duval (Roscoe), a son in the proud but poor house of Duval, loves Camille (Bara), a notorious Parisian beauty. His love for Camille means that his sister Celeste (Whitney) cannot marry the man she loves, so the father goes to Camille and begs her to give Armand up, which she does. This arouses the anger of Armand and he denounces her one evening in public. The Count de Varville (Law) challenges Armand to a duel which he wins, wounding Armand in the arm. Believing Camille no longer loves him, Armand does not go to see her. One day his father tells him that Camille is dying. He goes to her and, after a few words, she dies in the arms of her lover.
Theda Bara - Marguerite Gauthier ("Camille")
Alan Roscoe - Armand Duval (as Albert Roscoe)
Walter Law - Count de Varville
Glen White - Gaston Rieux
Alice Gale - Madame Prudence
Claire Whitney - Celeste Duval
Richard Barthelmess - Bit Part
Like many American films of the time, Camille was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors issued an Adults Only permit, cut two long gambling sequences were money was on the table and flashed all other gambling scenes, and cut the two intertitles "That woman once favored me when I was poor, now that I am rich bear witness that I pay" and "You are here because you are selfish - and make a sale of your love to the highest bidder".