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Director  W. Christy Cabanne
Country  United States
The Lamb (1915 film) Silent Film The Lamb 1915

Language  Silent English intertitles
Release date  September 23, 1915 (1915-09-23) (New York City) November 7, 1915 (1915-11-07) (Nationwide)
Based on  The New Henrietta  by Bronson Howard, Victor Mapes and Winchell Smith
Writer  Christy Cabanne (screenplay), D.W. Griffith (story)

The Lamb is a 1915 American silent adventure comedy/Western film featuring Douglas Fairbanks in his first starring role. Directed by W. Christy Cabanne, the film is based on the popular 1913 Broadway play The New Henrietta, in which Fairbanks co-starred with William H. Crane, Amelia Bingham and a very young Patricia Collinge. D. W. Griffith, writing under the pseudonym Granville Barker, along with director Christy Cabanne, essentially expanded the play beyond the plush nouveau riche apartment setting of the play, and provided a western element to the story. This would give Fairbanks a chance to show his physical prowess cinematically and loosen the play from what would be stage bound constraints. Griffith also altered characters; Fairbanks' character's name is changed to Gerald, with his parent being his mother (Kate Toncray), whereas in the play his character was named Nick with his parent being his father played by Crane.

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A copy of The Lamb is preserved at the George Eastman House.

Cast

  • Douglas Fairbanks – Gerald
  • Seena Owen – Mary
  • William E. Lowery – Yaqui Indian Chief
  • Lillian Langdon – Mary's Monther
  • Monroe Salisbury – Mary's Cousin
  • Kate Toncray – Gerald's Mother
  • Alfred Paget – Bill Cactus
  • Eagle Eye – Yaqui Indian Chief
  • Tom Kennedy – White Hopeless (uncredited)
  • Julia Faye – Woman (uncredited)
  • Charles Stevens – Lieutenant (uncredited)
  • Mary Thurman – extra role (uncredited)
  • Reception

    Distributed by Triangle Film Corporation, the film premiered at the Knickerbocker Theater in New York City on September 23, 1915 along with the Keystone The Valet and The Iron Strain. The Lamb outperformed the other two features and was a hit with audiences and critics who praised Fairbanks' performance.

    References

    The Lamb (1915 film) Wikipedia
    The Lamb (1915 film) IMDb The Lamb (1915 film) themoviedb.org


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