|The Struggle Everlasting|
|Directed by||James Kirkwood|
|Produced by||Harry Rapf|
High Art Productions
|Written by||Benet Musson|
|Based on||The Struggle Everlasting|
by Edward Milton Royle
|Cinematography||Lawrence E. Williams|
Harry Rapf Productions, High Art Productions Inc.
|Distributed by||Arrow Film Corporation; States Rights|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Struggle Everlasting is a 1918 American silent allegorical drama film directed by James Kirkwood, Sr. and starring stage star Florence Reed. It is based on a 1907 play, The Struggle Everlasting, by Edward Milton Royle.
- Florence Reed as Body, aka Lois
- Milton Sills as Mind, aka Bruce
- Irving Cummings as Soul, aka Dean
- Wellington Playter as Champion Pugilist, aka Bob Dempsey
- E. J. Ratcliffe as A Banker
- Edwin N. Hoyt as Worldly Wise, aka Dr. Brandt
- Fred C. Jones as Musician, aka Pierre Viron
- Albert Hall as Class Poet
- Richard Hattera as Aristocrat, aka Ned Coign
- Margaret Pitt as A Wife
- Mildred Cheshire as Frail Sister
- George Cooper as Slimy Thing
The film industry created the National Association of the Motion Picture Industry (NAMPI) in 1916 in an effort to preempt censorship by states and municipalities, and it used a list of subjects called the "Thirteen Points" which film plots were to avoid. The Struggle Everlasting, with its white slavery plot line, is an example of a film that clearly violated the Thirteen Points and yet was still distributed. Since the NAMPI was ineffective, it was replaced in 1922.
Like many American films of the time, The Struggle Everlasting was also subject to restrictions and cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut, in Reel 1, the scene of woman apparently nude to include all scenes of bather up to point where she puts a garb over herself, Reel 4, closeup of women in one-piece bathing suits at pool, and, Reel 6, vision showing woman soliciting.
- The Struggle Everlasting as a play on Broadway at the Hackett Theatre, 1907
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Struggle Everlasting
- Campbell, Russell (1997). "Prostitution and Film Censorship in the USA". Screening the Past (2): C/4. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
- "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (1): 47. June 29, 1918.
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Struggle Everlasting
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