Manslaughter


1h 30m 1922

Brief Synopsis

Society-girl thrillseeker Lydia causes the death of motorcylce policeman and is prosecuted by her fiance Daniel who describes in lurid detail the downfall of Rome. While she's in prison she reforms and Daniel becomes a wasted alocholic.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 24, 1922
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players--Lasky
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Manslaughter by Alice Duer Miller (New York, 1921).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
9,061ft (10 reels)

Synopsis

Lydia Thorne, a wealthy girl who loves speed and thrills, is unsympathetic when Evans, her maid, is jailed for stealing her jewels. District Attorney Daniel O'Bannon visits Lydia to make her see the error of her own ways, but instead views a scene of Lydia and her friends that reminds him of a Roman orgy. O'Bannon feels it is his duty, therefore, to send Lydia to jail for her own good when her automobile driving causes the death of a motorcycle policeman. Lydia is resentful, and her rebuff of O'Bannon, who has come to love her, causes him such remorse that he turns to drink and dissipation. Meanwhile, Lydia reforms, realizes she loves O'Bannon, and resolves to do charitable work. She and Evans open a soup kitchen after their release, and a chance meeting with O'Bannon starts him on the road to recovery. With Lydia's encouragement he becomes himself again, runs for governor, but withdraws his candidacy to marry Lydia when he sees that her record would be a liability to him in politics.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 24, 1922
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players--Lasky
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Manslaughter by Alice Duer Miller (New York, 1921).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
9,061ft (10 reels)

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Notes

Paramount filmed another adaptation of Alice Duer Miller's in 1930, under the same title, directed by George Abbott and starring Claudette Colbert and Frederic March. In 1931, Paramount released foreign-language versions of the 1930 version. For information on those films, see the entries for Manslaughter (1930) and La incorregible (1931) in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 and 1931-40.