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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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D.W. Griffith (scenario)
Anita Loos (titles)
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spottiswoode Aitken ... Brown Eyes's Father (as Spottiswoode Aitkin)

Mary Alden ... Uplifter
Frank Bennett ... Charles IX
Monte Blue ... The Strike Leader
William H. Brown ... Father of the Bride of Cana / Warden (as William Brown)
Lucille Browne ... Uplifter
Elmer Clifton ... The Rhapsode
Miriam Cooper ... The Friendless One
Josephine Crowell ... Catherine de Médicis
Dore Davidson ... The Friendly Neighbor
Sam De Grasse ... Arthur Jenkins
Edward Dillon ... Crook
Taylor N. Duncan ... Captain of the Gateg / Bodyguard of the Princess Beloved (as Ted Duncan)
Pearl Elmore ... Uplifter
Howard Gaye ... Jesus Christ / Cardinal de Lorraine
Olga Grey ... Adultress
Ruth Handforth ... Brown Eyes's Mother

Robert Harron ... The Boy
Joseph Henabery ... L'amiral de Coligny / Defendant
Chandler House ... Page
Lloyd Ingraham ... Judge of the Court
Lillian Langdon ... Virgin Mary
W.E. Lawrence ... Henri de Navarre
Morris Levy ... Le duc de Guise (scenes deleted)
Ralph Lewis ... The Governor
Vera Lewis ... Mary Jenkins
Walter Long ... The Musketeer of the Slums / Babylonian Warrior

Bessie Love ... The Bride of Cana
Julia Mackley ... Uplifter (as Mrs. Arthur Mackley)

Mae Marsh ... The Dear One
Marguerite Marsh ... Debutante

Tully Marshall ... High Priest of Bel / Friend of the Musketeer
John P. McCarthy ... Prison Guard (as J.P. McCarthy)
A.W. McClure ... Father Fathley

Seena Owen ... The Princess Beloved
Alfred Paget ... Prince Belshazzar

Eugene Pallette ... Prosper Latour
Billy Quirk ... Bartender
Allan Sears ... The Mercenary (as A.D. Sears)
Maxfield Stanley ... Henri III
Carl Stockdale ... King Nabonidus

Constance Talmadge ... Marguerite de Navarre / The Mountain Girl (as Georgia Pearce)
F.A. Turner ... The Dear One's Father (as Fred Turner)
W.S. Van Dyke ... Cana Wedding Guest
Erich von Ritzau ... First Pharisee (as Gunther von Ritzau)
George Walsh ... The Bridegroom of Cana
Eleanor Washington ... Uplifter
Margery Wilson ... Brown Eyes
Tom Wilson ... The Kindly Policeman
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)

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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Anita Loos claimed that, when writing 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,' she had been inspired to give lead character Lorelei Lee a brief movie career after watching her friends on the set of Intolerance playing Babylonian slave girls.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The position of the Mountain Girl's head when Belshazzar arrives at the marriage market. In one shot her head is bowed, in the next, she is looking up at him, and in the shot after that, her head is still bowed and then she looks up at him.See more »
Quotes:
Intertitle:When women cease to attract men, they often turn to reform as a second option.See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Love's struggle through the ages, 14 November 2001
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

"Intolerance" (Wark Producing Corporation, 1916), directed by D.W. Griffith, became an immediate follow-up to the director's previous effort, a civil war story titled "The Birth of a Nation" (1915), using many of the same actors including Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Miriam Cooper, among others. Of the two, I find "Intolerance" the most interesting, mainly because of its advance style in story telling. Yet, "Intolerance" did not become as successful nor controversial as "The Birth of a Nation" when first released.

"Intolerance" consists of four separate stories into one movie, but what's unusual about it is that the stories are not told episodically, but presented simultaneously in parallel action, linked together with Lillian Gish as the mother rocking her cradle. The stories consist of THE MODERN STORY, THE JUDEAN STORY, THE FRENCH STORY and finally THE BABYLONIAN STORY. Of the four, only THE JUDEAN STORY is the shortest and less detailed, featuring the life of Jesus Christ, as played by Howard Gaye. THE MODERN STORY, starring Mae Marsh and Robert Harron, finds the young couple getting married, followed by the husband resorting to life of crime when unable to find work, and later accused of a murder he did not commit; THE FRENCH STORY is set during the Middle Ages with Brown Eyes (Margery Wilson) and Prosper Latour (Eugene Palette) of religious intolerance under the regime of Catherine De Medici (Josephine Crowell); and THE BABYLONIAN STORY finds the Mountain Girl (Constance Talmadge) treated kindly by Belshazzar (Alfred Paget) when she is forced by the judicial system to appear on the marriage market, and falls in love with her prince. The battle scenes in this segment are well staged, considering the time of when this movie was produced. The Belshazzar's Banquet Hall set is the most famous sequence of all, shown many times as a film clip segment in several documentaries about silent films. The sets are lavish and the expense of this production shows. In spite of some hokey acting and title cards, which was taken seriously by 1916 standards, it's still a worthy viewing, especially for film scholars. Of all the actors who have appeared in this production, and there are too many to mention, the one who's most remembered long after the film is over is the one with less footage, Lillian Gish.

"Intolerance" is available on video in several different versions. Besides public domain videos with bad copies and no music score whatsoever, the three noted mentions include, (1) The former Blackhawk Video Company distributed it in the 1980s at 135 minutes accompanied with clear picture, an organ score and intermission. The opening titles of that print claims it to be the most complete copy, which includes the list of cast actors and their roles. (2) When Blackhawk merged with Republic Video several years later, it presented another copy, a shorter but almost clearer print running at 121 minutes accompanied with a good piano score and tinted picture, but minus the listing of the cast of actors and their roles. This was the copy used for the Public Television presentation of "The Silent Years" (1971), as hosted by Orson Welles. (3) Then there is another video copy, compliments of Kino Video, which runs at silent accu-speed, making it as long as three hours, color tints, accompanied with organ score, this version which can be seen on Turner Classic Movies. With several video copies currently available, it would certainly make a difference as to which one would make watching this movie enjoyable. On a personal level, I'd recommend No. 2, the Republic Video copy with the piano score.

"Intolerance" can almost be said to be the first all-star movie production. But for what it's worth, this epic should rank as one of the greatest of all silent films. It's amazing that it wasn't named as one of the 100 Greatest American Movies of the twentieth century by the American Film Institute. Maybe a proposed TV special on the selection of 100 Greatest Silent Movies of All Time will amend that (****)

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