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The Private Life of Helen of Troy

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Director  Alexander Korda
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Language  Silent
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Writer  John Erskine, Gerald C. Duffy, Ralph Spence, Casey Robinson
Release date  December 9, 1927 (1927-12-09) (NYC) January 8, 1928 (1928-01-08) (Nationwide)
Music director  Carl Edouarde, Cecil Copping
Screenplay  Gerald Duffy, Carey Wilson
Cast  Lewis Stone (Menelaus), Ricardo Cortez (Paris), George Fawcett (Eteoneus), Alice White (Adraste), Bill Elliott (Telemachus), Tom O'Brien (Ulysses)
Similar movies  The Patent Leather Kid (1927), The Devil Dancer (1927), Glorious Betsy (1928), The Magic Flame (1927), The Way of All Flesh (1927)

The Private Life of Helen of Troy is a 1927 American silent film about Helen of Troy based on a novel by John Erskine and adapted to screen by Gerald C. Duffy. The film was directed by Alexander Korda and starred María Corda as Helen, Lewis Stone as Menelaus, and Ricardo Cortez as Paris.

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Coming at the end of the silent film era, it received the honor of being nominated for an Academy Award in 1929, the year of the Awards' inception, in the category of Best Title Writing. However, Gerald Duffy died on 25 June 1928, and he has the distinction of being the first person to be posthumously nominated for an Academy Award.

That same year, the first "talkie", The Jazz Singer, received an honorary award for introducing sound to film, and the category for which The Private Life of Helen of Troy was nominated was dropped by the second Academy Awards.

Two sections from the beginning and end, running about 27–30 minutes in total, are reportedly all that survive of The Private Life of Helen of Troy; they are preserved by the British Film Institute.


  • María Corda - Helen
  • Lewis Stone - Menelaus
  • Ricardo Cortez - Paris
  • George Fawcett - Eteoneus
  • Alice White - Adraste
  • Bill Elliott - Telemachus
  • Tom O'Brien - Ulysses
  • Bert Sprotte - Achilles
  • Mario Carillo - Ajax
  • Charles Puffy - Malapokitoratoreadetos
  • George Kotsonaros - Hector
  • Emilio Gorgato - Sarpedon
  • Constantine Romanoff - Aeneas
  • Alice Adair - Aphrodite
  • Helen Fairweather - Athena
  • References

    The Private Life of Helen of Troy Wikipedia
    The Private Life of Helen of Troy IMDbThe Private Life of Helen of Troy