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The Idol Dancer (1920)

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Added by Don in Drama 1920s Silent Film


This silent film’s story takes us to a remote island in the Pacific where white men and natives mingle and the question of who’s the more civilized of the bunch arises. The Idol Dancer has a plot that is difficult to follow but the beautifully filmed scenes somewhat make up for it.

  • Starring Richard Barthelmess, Clarine Seymour, and Creighton Hale.
  • Directed by David W. Griffith.
  • Original story written by Gordon Ray Young.
  • Scenario written by S. E. Z. Taylor.

According to the US Copyright Office’s, Catalog of Motion Pictures, 1912 to 1939, The Idol Dancer was released under copyright by David W. Griffith, May 7, 1920. Per the law at the time, this film’s copyright could be renewed after its first 28 years in publication for a second term of 28 years after which the film would become public domain. Therefore, this movie became public domain sometime in 1976.

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