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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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Writers:
D.W. Griffith (scenario)
Anita Loos (titles)
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Release Date:
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:
A major sub-plot, dealing with a real-life assassination, was cut from the French story before the film's release.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Babylon temple set features large elephant statues. Elephants were not indigenous to ancient Babylon therefore the Babylonians would not know what an elephant is having never seen one.See more »
Quotes:
The Mountain Girl:But touch my skirt and I'll scratch your eyes out!See more »

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30 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Movie of all time... almost, 3 November 2002
Author: John O'Grady from Lansing, Michigan

I first saw this picture as a teenager some thirty years ago. I had no idea what to expect; all I knew was the famous still of Belshazzar's feast which has become one of the best known icons depicting the extravagance of crazy old Hollywood. But I was astounded and bowled over by what I saw. I will make no attempt at a plot synopsis here, since several other reviewers on this site have done so. Most readers already know that Griffith set out to tell four separate stories, laid in four widely spaced historical periods, and that he intercut freely between them, increasing the tempo as the film proceeded, and attempted to bring all four to a climax simultaneously. Clearly he bit off more than he, or anybody, could chew; but the fact that the limits of what cinema could do were being pushed so hard so early is what fascinated me then, and still fascinates me now. I wish to heaven that college film courses would just blow off "Birth of a Nation" and consign it to the oblivion it largely deserves, and show "Intolerance" instead, for this indeed is Griffith's monument, despite its poor state of repair; and at the risk of being technical I would like to address this. I have noticed that the one negative comment running most consistently through the reviews posted on this website is the relative lack of weight given to the French and Judaean sequences relative to the Modern and Babylonian narratives. This is largely the fault of the movie's checkered preservation history. When "Intolerance" failed to make huge sums at the box office, Griffith released the Babylonian and Modern stories as individual features in 1919, reshooting some scenes along the way. He cut up the original negative (gasp!) to do this, and by the time he decided to reassemble the whole movie in 1926, it turned out that all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't quite put Humpty Dumpty back together again. There was never a shooting script, or a written continuity; Griffith kept the whole thing in his head, and moreover could never stop tinkering with it while it was in release! Consequently, while the Babylonian and Modern stories have survived largely intact, the French and Judaean episodes were depleted by about half. So when we see it now we must recognize that we are viewing a broken sculpture. The movie is a restorer's nightmare; almost a third of its 2000- plus shots exist in variant versions, and the captions were rewritten more than once. But, broken as it is, it's still magnificent. There has never been, and will never again be, anything like it. It has all of Griffith's inconsistencies: subtle and naturalistic acting from Mae Marsh and Robert Harron as the luckless couple in the Modern Story are seen cheek by jowl with outrageous mugging by Walter Long as the Musketeer of the Slums, or Josephine Crowell's Catherine de Medici in France; but no masterpiece on this scale is ever consistent, after all. I love Connie Talmadge's Mountain Girl from Babylon; smart, funny and crazy. Other favorites: Tully Marshall as the villainous Priest of Bel; Seena Owen as the Princess beloved, my personal nomination for Most Fabulous Body of the Hollywood 1910s, never mind the deranged costumes; Alfred Paget as a genuinely humane Belshazzar; Howard Gaye as a believable and totally unforced Jesus. Everything the silent screen of 1916 could do, good, bad, subtle, overblown, crazy or glorious is embodied here; and Griffith never rode so high again. The most satisfactory version currently available, in my opinion, is the Kino on Video edition on vhs and dvd, the one illustrated when you first call the picture up on this site. There are some problems and a few missing bits that I take exception to, but overall this is the version that first time viewers should try.

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