|Directed by||Augustus E. Thomas|
|Written by||Augustus Thomas|
|Produced by||All Star Feature Film Corporation|
|Distributed by||Alco Film Corporation|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Nightingale is a 1914 American silent drama film directed and written by Augustus Thomas and released by Alco Film Corporation. It is the motion picture debut of Ethel Barrymore in a story written especially for her by Thomas. Thomas, famed as a Broadway playwright, was the best friend of Barrymore's father Maurice and had known the actress since she was a child. As with many of Barrymore's films to come, the advertising for this film says the film is told in 'acts' as with a stage play, an effort to remind the audience of the star's status and preference for the legitimate stage. This film is long thought to be lost.
- Ethel Barrymore as Isola Franti, 'The Nightingale'
- William Courtleigh as Tony Franti
- Frank Andrews as Andrea Franti
- Conway Tearle as Charles Marden
- Charles A. Stevenson as Nathan Narden
- Irving Brooks as 'Red' Galvin
- Mario Majeroni as David Mantz
- Philip Hahn as Jean de Resni
- Ida Darling as Mrs. Belmore
- Bobby Stewart as Nathan Marden II
- Henri Antiznat as Prefect of Police
- Frank Dudley as Frank
- M. Monet as Gazzi Catassi
- Caroline French as Maid
- Mrs. Cooper Cliffe as Nola
- Claude Cooper as Madonni
- Ed West as Police Sergeant
The story of this film is similar to Clyde Fitch's 1901 play Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines in which Barrymore became a star playing an Italian opera singer. Fitch had died in 1909 and Charles Frohman, Barrymore's theatrical employer, owned the rights to Captain Jinks. Augustus Thomas, a Barrymore family friend and author, fashioned a similar story for Barrymore enticing her make a film with material she was familiar with. This was common practice in the silent era to make a write-around story to popular works in which screen rights could not be attained.
A screen version of Fitch's Captain Jinks was later made with Ann Murdock.
- Great Times, Good Times:The Odyssey of Maurice Barrymore, Doubleday Press, c.1977 by James Kotsilibas Davis
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
- The Nightingale at silentera.com
- The Nightingale at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Nightingale
- The Nightingale at IMDb.com
- allmovie/synopsis(*note this film was not based on a play as AMG states, it was written especially for the star)
- Moving Picture World advertisement