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A Dark Lantern is a lost[1] 1920 American silent drama film produced and released by Realart Pictures. It is based on a 1905 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Robins.[2]

A Dark Lantern
A Dark Lantern 1920 lanternslide.jpg
Lantern slide for the film
Directed byJohn S. Robertson
Produced byRealart Pictures
Written byBurns Mantle (scenario)
Based onA Dark Lantern
by Elizabeth Robins
StarringAlice Brady
James L. Crane
CinematographyRoy Overbaugh
Distributed byRealart Pictures
Release date
  • July 16, 1920 (1920-07-16)
Running time
6 reels (5,956 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Publicity photo from a contemporary newspaper.

John S. Robertson directed and Alice Brady and her then husband James Crane star.[3][4][5]

According to the AFI Catalog, the film was shot at the Essanay studios in Chicago as that was where Alice Brady was appearing in a play at the time.



As described in a film magazine,[6] mistaking the intentions of Prince Anton (Denny) of Argovinia in seeking her hand, young English woman Katherine Dereham (Brady) suffers a great shock when his attentions culminate in a proposal that she be his morganatic wife, his country requiring an alliance with a royal princess. This, together with the blow of her father's death, shatters Katherine's nerves and causes a breakdown. She recovers under the rigid administrations of Dr. Garth Vincent (Crane). Her attitude of antagonistic exaggeration of his sternness that conceives it as sheer brutality makes her submission to the deep love he bears her a sorrowful task. His patience at last breaks her embittered spirit and sends her to his home, willing to accept his protection under compromising circumstances. The realness of his affection is at last revealed to her and Prince Anton, whose love for Katherine has made him risk his throne by divorcing his wife, is sent back to Argovinia.


  • Alice Brady as Katherine Dereham
  • James Crane as Dr. Garth Vincent
  • Reginald Denny as Prince Anton
  • Brandon Hurst as Colonel Dereham
  • Marie Burke as Lady Peterborough
  • David Monterno as Graf-Wilhelm
  • Carolyn Irwin as Mrs. Hally
  • Mrs. Tony West as Mrs. Todine
  • Roni Pursell as Princess Margaretha
  • Russell McDermott as Leonard
  • Virginia Huppert as Nurse for Katherine
  • Dorothy Betts as Natalie, Maid


  1. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..A Dark Lantern
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..A Dark Lantern
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 published by The American Film Institute, c.1920
  4. ^ allmovie/synopsis; A Dark Lantern
  5. ^ Pictorial History of the Silent Screen by Daniel C. Blum , c. 1953 p. 173
  6. ^ "Reviews: A Dark Lantern". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (7): 103. August 14, 1920.

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