|The Age of Innocence|
|Directed by||Wesley Ruggles|
|Screenplay by||Olga Printzlau|
|Based on||The Age of Innocence |
by Edith Wharton
|Starring||Beverly Bayne |
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|November 1, 1924|
The Age of Innocence is a 1924 American silent film directed by Wesley Ruggles. It is the first film adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel The Age of Innocence. It was produced and distributed by Warner Brothers.
Newland Archer is engaged to May Mingott of a prominent New York family. Shortly after the engagement is announce, Newland finds himself attracted to May’s older married cousin Countess Ellen Olenska. After his marriage to May, Newland and Ellen agree to run away together. Before this can happen, May visits her husband’s lover and informs her that she is expecting a child. Ellen and Newland part ways, Newland vowing to be a better husband to his wife May.
- Beverly Bayne as Countess Ellen Olanska
- Edith Roberts as May Mingott
- Elliott Dexter as Newland Archer
- Willard Louis as Cornelius Beaufort
- Fred Huntley
- Gertrude Norman
- Sigrid Holmquist
This film is now lost. In February 1956, Jack Warner sold the rights to all of his pre-December 1949 films to Associated Artists Productions. In 1969, UA donated 16mm prints of some Warner Bros. films from outside United States. No copies of The Age of Innocence are known to exist.
- In 1928, Margaret Ayer Barnes adapted the novel into a play, first produced on Broadway, starring Katharine Cornell as Countess Ellen Olenska.
- In 1934 a remake of the same name was directed by Philip Moeller. It was released by RKO Radio Pictures and stars Irene Dunne as Countess Ellen Olenska, John Boles as Newland Archer, Julie Haydon as May Welland Archer, Lionel Atwill, and Helen Westley.
- In 1993 another remake of the same name was made this one directed by Martin Scorsese and was released by Columbia Pictures. It stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Countess Ellen Olenska, Daniel Day-Lewis as Newland Archer, Winona Ryder as May Welland Archer, Richard E. Grant, and Miriam Margolyes. Ryder won a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of May Welland Archer, and the film won an Oscar for costume design.
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..The Age of Innocence Retrieved January 15, 2017
- Marshall, Scott. "Edith Wharton on Film and Television: A History and Filmography." Edith Wharton Review (1996): 15-25. Washington State University. Jan. 15, 2009
- The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..The Age of Innocence Retrieved January 15, 2017