|The Song of Songs|
|Directed by||Joseph Kaufman|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor|
Jesse L. Lasky
|Written by||Charles Maigne (scenario)|
|Based on||novel Das hohe Lied by Hermann Sudermann and play The Song of Songs by Edward Sheldon|
Famous Players-Lasky / Artcraft
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|February 18, 1918|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Song of Songs is a 1918 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and based on a stage play version by Edward Sheldon of a novel by Hermann Sudermann, The Song of Songs. This picture was directed by Joseph Kaufman and stars Elsie Ferguson. This was Kaufman's last film before his death on February 1, 1918, very early on during the 1918 flu pandemic.
Lily, an innocent young girl, is convinced to pose nude for a young sculptor. They fall in love, but the sculptor fears the effect of marriage on his work and neglects Lily. Ultimately, in despair, she marries a wealthy older man but does not find happiness there. Only near-tragedy and scandal are able, ironically, to bring her that happiness.
- Elsie Ferguson as Lily Kardos
- Frank Losee as Senator Calkins
- Crauford Kent as Dick Laird
- Cecil Fletcher as Stephen Bennett
- Gertrude Berkeley as Mrs. Kardos
- Corene Uzzell as Ann Merkle (credited as Corinne Usell)
- Charles Wellesley as Mrs. Atwell
- Henry Leone as Anslem Kardos
- Robert Cummings as Phineas Bennett
- Ned Burton (unknown role)
Like many American films of the time, The Song of Songs was subject to cuts and restrictions by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors issued the film an Adults Only permit.
- Progressive Silent Film List: The Song of Songs at silentera.com
- The Song of Songs as produced on Broadway at the Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre, December 22, 1914 to June 1915, 191 performances; IBDb.com
- "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (12): 29. March 16, 1918.