Drag is a 1929 American Pre-Code drama film produced by Richard A. Rowland and directed by Frank Lloyd based on the 1925 novel Drag: A Comedy by William Dudley Pelley. It stars Richard Barthelmess and Lucien Littlefield.[1][2]

Sheet music cover poster for "My Song of the Nile" the film's theme song, sung by star Richard Barthelmess
Directed byFrank Lloyd
Produced byRichard A. Rowland
Screenplay byBradley King (and dialogue)
Based onDrag: A Comedy (1925 novel) by William Dudley Pelley
StarringRichard Barthelmess
Lucien Littlefield
Kathrin Clare Ward
Music byGeorge W. Meyer
Peter Brunelli (uncredited)
Cecil Copping (uncredited)
Al Bryan
CinematographyErnest Haller
Edited byEdward Schroeder
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • July 21, 1929 (1929-07-21)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States


Young David Carroll takes over the publication of a local newspaper in Vermont. Although he is attracted to Dot, "the most sophisticated girl in town," he marries Allie Parker, daughter of the couple who run the boardinghouse where he lives. Allie remains at home when David goes to New York City to sell a musical he has written. There, Dot, now a successful costume designer, uses her influence to get David's play produced. David and Dot fall in love, but she leaves for Paris when David indicates he will remain true to Allie. He sends for Allie, but when she arrives with her whole family, he decides to follow Dot to Paris.


Awards and honorsEdit

Frank Lloyd was nominated at the 2nd Academy Awards for Academy Award for Best Director along with the film Weary River.[3]

Preservation statusEdit

The film was long thought to be a lost film but later was rediscovered. The film originally had two versions, a sound version and a silent version.[3][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Drag". FilmAffinity. filmaffinity.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Drag". AFI. afi.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "New York Times movie database entry". Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  4. ^ Drag at silentera.com

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