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Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages -- The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.
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5 September 1916 (USA) See more »
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The Cruel Hand of Intolerance See more »
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The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lillian Gish ... The Woman Who Rocks the Cradle / Eternal Mother

Mae Marsh ... The Dear One

Robert Harron ... The Boy
F.A. Turner ... The Dear One's Father (as Fred Turner)

Sam De Grasse ... Arthur Jenkins

Vera Lewis ... Mary Jenkins

Mary Alden ... Uplifter
Eleanor Washington ... Uplifter
Pearl Elmore ... Uplifter
Lucille Browne ... Uplifter

Julia Mackley ... Uplifter (as Mrs. Arthur Mackley)

Miriam Cooper ... The Friendless One

Walter Long ... The Musketeer of the Slums / Babylonian Warrior
Tom Wilson ... The Kindly Policeman

Ralph Lewis ... The Governor

Lloyd Ingraham ... Judge of the Court
A.W. McClure ... Father Fathley
John P. McCarthy ... Prison Guard (as J.P. McCarthy)

Monte Blue ... The Strike Leader

Marguerite Marsh ... Debutante

Edward Dillon ... Crook

Billy Quirk ... Bartender
Howard Gaye ... Jesus Christ / Cardinal de Lorraine
Lillian Langdon ... Virgin Mary
Olga Grey ... Adultress
Erich von Ritzau ... First Pharisee (as Gunther von Ritzau)

Bessie Love ... The Bride of Cana
William H. Brown ... Father of the Bride of Cana / Warden (as William Brown)

George Walsh ... The Bridegroom of Cana

W.S. Van Dyke ... Cana Wedding Guest
Margery Wilson ... Brown Eyes

Eugene Pallette ... Prosper Latour
Spottiswoode Aitken ... Brown Eyes's Father (as Spottiswoode Aitkin)
Ruth Handforth ... Brown Eyes's Mother
Allan Sears ... The Mercenary (as A.D. Sears)
Frank Bennett ... Charles IX
Maxfield Stanley ... Henri III

Josephine Crowell ... Catherine de Médici

Constance Talmadge ... Marguerite de Navarre / The Mountain Girl (as Georgia Pearce)

W.E. Lawrence ... Henri de Navarre

Joseph Henabery ... L'amiral de Coligny / Defendant
Chandler House ... Page
Elmer Clifton ... The Rhapsode

Alfred Paget ... Prince Belshazzar

Carl Stockdale ... King Nabonidus

Tully Marshall ... High Priest of Bel / Friend of the Musketeer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dore Davidson ... The Friendly Neighbor
Taylor N. Duncan ... Captain of the Gateg / Bodyguard of the Princess Beloved (as Ted Duncan)
Morris Levy ... Le duc de Guise (scenes deleted)

Seena Owen ... The Princess Beloved
Sylvia Ashton ... Woman at Jenkins Employees Dance (uncredited)

George Beranger ... Second Priest of Bel (uncredited)

Barney Bernard ... Attorney for The Boy (uncredited)

Frank Borzage ... Extra (uncredited)
Kitty Bradbury ... Jenkins Party Guest (uncredited)
John Bragdon ... Counselor of Charles IX (uncredited)
Karl Brown ... Extra (uncredited)

Tod Browning ... Crook (uncredited)

Frank Brownlee ... The Mountain Girl's Brother (uncredited)
Kate Bruce ... Old Babylonian Mother / The City Mother (uncredited)
Edward Burns ... Charioteer of the Priest of Bel (uncredited)
James Burns ... Charioteer of the Second Priest of Bel (uncredited)
David Butler ... Babylonian Soldier (uncredited)
Ernest Butterworth ... Extra (uncredited)

Frank Campeau ... Extra (uncredited)

Jewel Carmen ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)
Francis Carpenter ... Child in Epilogue (uncredited)
Peggy Cartwright ... Little Girl (uncredited)
William E. Cassidy ... Extra (uncredited)
Hazel Childers ... Jenkins Party Guest (uncredited)
Lotta Clifton ... Dancer of Tammuz (uncredited)
Dark Cloud ... Ethiopian Chieftan (uncredited)

Constance Collier ... Extra (uncredited)

Virginia Lee Corbin ... Child in Epilogue (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... The Runner (uncredited)
Jack Cosgrave ... Chief Eunuch (uncredited)
William Courtright ... Second Pharisee (uncredited)

Donald Crisp ... Extra (uncredited)
James Curley ... The Charioteer of Cyrus (uncredited)
Ruth Darling ... Girl at the Marriage Market (uncredited)
Max Davidson ... Kindly Neighbor (uncredited)

Nigel De Brulier ... Extra (uncredited)

Carol Dempster ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)
The Denishawn Dancers ... Dancers (uncredited)
Charles Eagle Eye ... Barbarian Chieftain (uncredited)

Douglas Fairbanks ... Man on White Horse (uncredited)

George Fawcett ... Babylonian Judge (uncredited)

Julia Faye ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Clarence Geldart ... Extra (uncredited)

Mildred Harris ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Extra (uncredited)

Russell Hicks ... Extra (uncredited)
Clyde E. Hopkins ... Jenkins's Secretary (uncredited)

DeWolf Hopper Sr. ... Extra (uncredited)
Luray Huntley ... Uplifter (uncredited)
George James ... Councellor of Charles IX (uncredited)
Daisy Jefferson ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)

Noble Johnson ... Babylonian Soldier (uncredited)
Martin Landry ... Auctioneer at the Marriage Market (uncredited)
Robert Lawler ... Babylonian Judge (uncredited)

Alberta Lee ... Wife of The Kindly Neighbor (uncredited)
Jennie Lee ... Woman at Jenkins Employees Dance (uncredited)

Elmo Lincoln ... The Mighty Man of Valor (uncredited)

Wilfred Lucas ... Extra (uncredited)

Francis McDonald ... Extra (uncredited)
Arthur Meyer ... Brother of a Girl at the Marriage Market (uncredited)
Felix Modjeska ... Bodyguard to the Princess (Babylonian Story) (uncredited)
Margaret Mooney ... Girl at the Marriage Market (Babylonian Story) (uncredited)

Owen Moore ... Extra (uncredited)

Carmel Myers ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)
Loyola O'Connor ... Attarea's Slave (uncredited)
Vester Pegg ... Extra (uncredited)
Mazie Radford ... Dancer of Tammuz (uncredited)

Wallace Reid ... Boy Killed in Battle (uncredited)
Louis Ritz ... Counselor to Charles IX (uncredited)
Louis Romaine ... Catholic Priest (uncredited)

Alma Rubens ... Girl at the Marriage Market (uncredited)
Howard Scott ... Babylonian Dandy (uncredited)
Ted Shawn ... Dancer of Tammuz (uncredited)

George Siegmann ... Cyrus (uncredited)
Ah Singh ... First Priest of Nergel (uncredited)
Ranji Singh ... Second Priest of Nergel (uncredited)
Eve Southern ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)

Ruth St. Denis ... Dancer of Tammuz (uncredited)

Pauline Starke ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Girl at the Marriage Market (uncredited)
Herbert Sutch ... Extra (uncredited)

Natalie Talmadge ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)

Ethel Grey Terry ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)
Herbert Beerbohm Tree ... Extra (uncredited)
Charles Van Courtlandt ... Gobyras (uncredited)

King Vidor ... Extra (uncredited)

Erich von Stroheim ... Second Pharisee (uncredited)
Anna Mae Walthall ... Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)
Raymond Wells ... Counselor to Charles IX (uncredited)
Winifred Westover ... The Favorite of Egibi (uncredited)

Grace Wilson ... Dancer of Tammuz (uncredited)

Hal Wilson ... Extra (uncredited)
Tammany Young ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hettie Grey Baker  titles (uncredited)
Tod Browning  uncredited
D.W. Griffith  scenario
D.W. Griffith  titles (uncredited)
Anita Loos  titles
Mary H. O'Connor  titles (uncredited)
Walt Whitman  poem "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" (uncredited)
Frank E. Woods  titles (uncredited)

Produced by
D.W. Griffith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carl Davis (1989)
Joseph Carl Breil (uncredited)
Felix Günther (1924) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 
 
Film Editing by
D.W. Griffith (uncredited)
James Smith (uncredited)
Rose Smith (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
D.W. Griffith (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Walter L. Hall (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
D.W. Griffith (uncredited)
Clare West (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Robert Anderson .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
D.W. Griffith .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank E. Woods .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert Sutch .... assistant director (as Bert Sutch)
Arthur Berthelet .... second assistant director: French story (uncredited)
Monte Blue .... second assistant director: Modern story (uncredited)
Tod Browning .... second assistant director: Modern story (uncredited)
Christy Cabanne .... second assistant director: Babylon story (uncredited)
Elmer Clifton .... first assistant director: Babylon story (uncredited)
Jack Conway .... second assistant director: Babylon story (uncredited)
Edward Dillon .... second assistant director: Modern Story (uncredited)
Allan Dwan .... second assistant director: Babylon story (uncredited)
Victor Fleming .... second assistant director: Babylon story (uncredited)
Sidney Franklin .... second unit director: Babylon sequence (uncredited)
Joseph Henabery .... first assistant director: Babylon story (uncredited)
Joseph Henabery .... second unit director: New York (uncredited)
George W. Hill .... second assistant director: Babylon story (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham .... second assistant director: Modern story (uncredited)
George Nichols Jr. .... second assistant director: Babylon story (uncredited)
Mike Siebert .... second assistant director: Babylon story (uncredited)
George Siegmann .... first assistant director: Los Angeles (uncredited)
W.S. Van Dyke .... second assistant director: Judean story (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Wortman .... set builder (as Frank 'Huck' Wortman)
Martin Aguerre .... construction supervisor: gallows (uncredited)
Ralph M. DeLacy .... property master (uncredited)
Shorty English .... carpenter (uncredited)
Walter L. Hall .... set designer (uncredited)
Jim Newman .... assistant carpenter (uncredited)
Joseph Stringer .... set builder (uncredited)
Hal Sullivan .... assistant property master (uncredited)
R. Ellis Wales .... set designer (uncredited)
Frank Wortman .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Hal Sullivan .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Leo Nomis .... stunts
Charles Eagle Eye .... stunt double: Miriam Cooper (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Brown .... associate photographer
Louis Bitzer .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Allan Dwan .... camera elevator engineer (uncredited)
Allan Dwan .... dolly grip (uncredited)
James G. Woodbury .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
R. Ellis Wales .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Joe Aller .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis F. Gottschalk .... music arranger: 1918 release
A.J. Beard .... music arranger: UK release (1917 ) (uncredited)
Joseph Carl Breil .... music arranger (uncredited)
D.W. Griffith .... music arranger (uncredited)
Colin Matthews .... orchestrator: Carl Davis score (uncredited)
David Matthews .... orchestrator: Carl Davis score (uncredited)
 
Other crew
D.W. Griffith .... presenter
Martin Aguerre .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Robert Anderson .... technical director (uncredited)
Gertrude Bambrick .... choreographer (uncredited)
J.A. Barry .... executive assistant: D.W. Griffith (uncredited)
Neal Dodd .... religious advisor (uncredited)
Lillian Gish .... research assistant (uncredited)
Joseph Henabery .... research assistant (uncredited)
Wilbur Higby .... crewman (uncredited)
Rabbi Myers .... religious advisor (uncredited)
Abe Scholtz .... laboratory technician (uncredited)
Ruth St. Denis .... choreographer (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim .... production assistant: Babylon sequence (uncredited)
R. Ellis Wales .... chief technologist (uncredited)
R. Ellis Wales .... historical advisor (uncredited)
B.F. Zeidman .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Intolerance" - USA (short title)
"Intolerance: A Sun-Play of the Ages" - USA (copyright title)
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Runtime:
163 min | UK:178 min (2000 video release) | USA:197 min | Spain:197 min (DVD version) | Spain:123 min (TV version) | Argentina:175 min | Portugal:210 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
'Lillian Gish' claimed that D.W. Griffith invented false eyelashes for this film in 1916. Griffith wanted Seena Owen (who plays Attarea, the Princess Beloved, in the film's Babylonian segment) with lashes luxurious enough to brush her cheeks when she blinked. In collaboration with a wigmaker, who did the actual fabricating, the solution Griffith was credited with involved weaving human hair through a fine strip of gauze, creating false eyelashes. However, like many Hollywood legends, this claim proves to not be true. In 1911, a Canadian woman named Anna Taylor received a U.S. patent for the artificial eyelash; hers was a crescent of fabric implanted with tiny hairs. And even before that, hairdressers and makeup artists tried a similar trick. A German named Charles Nestle (nee Karl Nessler) manufactured false lashes in the early 20th century and used the profit from sales to finance his next invention - the permanent wave. By 1915, Nestle had opened a New York hair-perming salon on East 49th Street, with lashes as his sideline. Also, one of the earliest known attempts to enhance eyelashes was during the times of the Ancient Egyptians, when royalty used black powder called 'kohl' to protect their eyes against sand, dust and bugs. However, this was to provide practical benefits, rather than cosmetic.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Director's assistant clad in coat and tie.See more »
Quotes:
Intertitle:Another period of the past. A.D. 1572-Paris, a hotbed of intolerance, in the time of Catherine de Medici, and her son Charles IX, King of France. Charles IX receiving his brother, Monsieur La France, Duc d'Anjou. The heir to the throne, the effeminate Monsieur La France. Pets and toys his pastimes.See more »

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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Poor, 25 July 2005
Author: arlev-1 from United Kingdom

I was kinda forced into watching this film having started reading through 'American Silent Film' by William Everson (a very good book, I hasten to add on, er, well the title says it all) and encountering an entire chapter on, first, 'Birth of a Nation' (which I duly watched) and, then, 'Intolerance'.

I was already a fan of the Silent Screen so I approached it with a great amount of expectation, especially as Mae Marsh and Lillian Gish were in it whose performances in 'Birth' I thought were two of the finest I'd seen in silent movies.

However, in my opinion, the film is as poor as 'Birth' is brilliant.

Sure, there are a great amount of high spots when you look at film technique (such as the moving camera in part two that zooms in over the heads of the crowds - and the grand sets of Babylon are stunning to say the least) but the film is a mishmash of ideas that are forced into employment as examples of 'Intolerance' when you could view alternate characters as equally displaying the trait.

The film started life as the 'Modern Story only' prior to 1916 which was then used as the basis to have the other two main and one rather sketchy story cut into it (the Jesus narrative is, to be honest, not a story but a series of excerpts from the life which support the other three stories at certain points). To me, it shows - it's just *too* chaotic a film to be enjoyable (even by 1916 standards).

A couple of other points - Mae Marsh's performance is semi-decent although there appears to be a bit too much over-dramatisation at points while Constance Talmadge's character (the Babylonian Mountain Girl) although sometimes implausible is a nice humorous insertion (I used to know a girl like that!).

Why Griffith gave Lillian Gish the sole acting role of rocking a cradle throughout the film with no other input, I can't imagine (there must've been some good reason for it) as her acting ability was, for me, the highlight of 'Birth'.

If you're a movie-buff, this film is a must-see. Don't miss it! But, like me, you may wonder 'Why?'.

One lighter point - did anyone notice that where the train stops is the same place that Keaton used in 'The Goat' for the shot of him riding the train?

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