IMDb > Dead Men Tell No Tales (1920)

Dead Men Tell No Tales (1920) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
(awaiting 5 votes)
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 11% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
November 1920 (USA) See more »
Notorious pirate Joaquin Santos lives by the saying, "Dead Men Tell No Tales". He conspires with the... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Tragic Loss for Silent Cinema See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)
Catherine Calvert ... Eva Dennison

Percy Marmont ... George Stevenson Cole

Holmes Herbert ... Squire John Rattray (as Holmes E. Herbert)

Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Señor Joaquin (as George von Seyffertitz)
Manuel Santos 'Santos'
Walter James ... José

Roy Applegate ... Capt. Harris
India Wakara ... Jane Braithwaite
Bernard Siegel ... Braithwaite

Directed by
Tom Terriss 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Randolph Chester  screenplay
George Randolph Chester  titles
Lillian Christy Chester  screenplay (as Lillian Randolph Chester)
Lillian Christy Chester  titles (as Lillian Randolph Chester)
E.W. Hornung  novel

Produced by
Albert E. Smith .... producer
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller 
Film Editing by
George Randolph Chester 
Lillian Christy Chester  (as Lillian Randolph Chester)
Other crew
Albert E. Smith .... presenter

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Tragic Loss for Silent Cinema, 24 June 2015
Author: Pamela Short from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Important note: This is not a film review. I hope to be able to find and add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.

"Dead men tell no tales" is the doctrine of pirate Señor Joaquin Santos ( George Von Seyffertitz ) who enlists Squire John Rattray ( Holmes Herbert ) in his plan to ransack the gold shipment from the Lady Jermyn and then destroy the ship and its crew. Because of his love for Santos' daughter Eve ( Catherine Calvert ), Rattray reluctantly agrees to pick up the villains and their loot in his private yacht. Among the unsuspecting passengers aboard the doomed ship is George Cole ( Percy Marmont ), who also falls in love with Eve. At the appointed time, the ship is blown up, and everyone is lost except for Cole, who begins to search for Eve. He discovers them secreted at Rattray's and after several close calls, both he and Eve escape and are reunited at last.

This 1920 pirate/adventure was filmed by the Vitagraph Company of America. Contemporary news stories recorded that the shipwrecking scene was shot under U.S. Navy supervision with twelve cameras on the Hudson River near Riverdale, New York. Some location photography was taken in Bar Harbor, Maine, and the Rattray Hall scenes were taken at the Pembroke House in Oakdale, Long Island, New York.

The survival status of Dead Men Tell No Tales (1920) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Survival Database as; No holdings located in archives.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (1 total) »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Swiss Family Robinson Mysterious Island Hawk of the Wilderness The Light at the Edge of the World Jamaica Inn
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits News articles
IMDb Adventure section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.