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Director  D. W. Griffith
Story by  Gordon Young
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Genre  Drama
Cinematography  Billy Bitzer
Country  United States
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Language  Silent English intertitles
Release date  March 21, 1920 (1920-03-21)
Based on  "Blood of the Covenants"  by Gordon Ray Young
Writer  Stanner E.V. Taylor, Gordon Ray Young (novel)
Cast  Richard Barthelmess (Dan McGuire), Clarine Seymour (Mary), Creighton Hale (Walter Kincaid), George MacQuarrie (Rev. Franklyn Blythe), Kate Bruce (Mrs. Blythe), Porter Strong (Rev. Peter)
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The Idol Dancer is a 1920 American silent drama film produced and directed by D. W. Griffith. It stars Richard Barthelmess and Clarine Seymour in her final film role. Seymour was a young actress Griffith was grooming for stardom. She died of pneumonia shortly after emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage on April 24, 1920, less than a month after the film premiered.


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The film is based on the story "Blood of the Covenants" by Gordon Ray Young. The scenario was written by Stanner E. V. Taylor.

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Mary (Seymour) is the daughter of a French man and a Javanese mother and enjoys dancing. She has two lovers, one being a beachcomber (Barthelmess) who was tossed off a passing ship for failing to work and desires only to drink gin. The other is a sickly young American (Hale) who has come to the island in hope of regaining his health and is staying with his missionary uncle (MacQuarrie) and his wife (Bruce). Natives from a neighboring island attack. The beachcomber reforms and Mary comes to love him.


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  • Richard Barthelmess as Dan McGuire, beachcomber
  • Clarine Seymour as Mary
  • Creighton Hale as Walter Kincaid
  • George MacQuarrie as Reverend Franklyn Blythe
  • Kate Bruce as Mrs. Blythe
  • Porter Strong as Reverend Peter
  • Anders Randolf as The Blackbirder
  • Walter James as Chief Wando
  • Thomas Carr as Donald Blythe
  • Herbert Sutch as Old Thomas
  • Adolph Lestina as Black Slave
  • Ben Grauer as Native Boy
  • Walter Kolomoku as Native Musician
  • Florence Short as Pansy
  • Production

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    Griffith filmed exteriors for The Idol Dancer simultaneously with The Love Flower (1920), in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Nassau, Bahamas in December 1919.


    A 35mm print of the film is preserved by the Cohen Media Group. 16mm prints of the film are held in private collections.


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