Enchantment (1921 film)


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Directed by Robert G. Vignola
Produced by William Randolph Hearst
Written by \Luther Reed(scenario)
Based on "Manhandling Ethel"
by Frank Ramsey Adams
Starring Marion Davies
Forrest Stanley
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 30, 1921 (1921-10-30) (New York)
  • November 20, 1921 (1921-11-20) (U.S.)
Running time
7 reels; 6,982 feet
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Enchantment is a 1921 American silent romantic comedy film produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by Robert G. Vignola and starred Marion Davies. A print of the film exists in the Library of Congress; a limited edition DVD was released by Edward Lorusso in 2014.[1][2]


Inspired by a staging of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Marion Davies plays Ethel, the spoiled-brat daughter of millionaire Mr. Hoyt (Tom Lewis). Mr. Hoyt decides that a rough-and-tumble he-man might be able to straighten out his daughter. To that end, the millionaire hires Ernest Eddison (Forrest Stanley), the actor playing Petruchio in Shrew. Ernest talks Ethel into auditioning for an amateur production of Sleeping Beauty, then runs her roughshod during rehearsals. Ethel is on the verge of exploding when Ernest finally wins her over with a lulu of a third-act kiss.



  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Enchantment at silentera.com
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures produced in the United States 1921-30 by The American Film Institute c. 1971 page 214
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