Main Street (1923 film)

Main Street is a 1923 American silent drama film based on the 1920 novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis. It was produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Harry Beaumont. A Broadway play version of the novel was produced in 1921.[2] It was the first film to be released after the foundation of Warner Bros. Pictures on April 4, 1923.

Main Street
Main Street lobby card.jpg
Directed byHarry Beaumont
Written byJulien Josephson
Based onMain Street
by Sinclair Lewis
StarringFlorence Vidor
Monte Blue
Alan Hale, Sr.
Louise Fazenda
CinematographyEdwin B. Du Par
Homer Scott
Edited byHarry Beaumont
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • April 25, 1923 (1923-04-25)
Running time
96 minutes (9 reels)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$556,000[1]


Box OfficeEdit

According to Warner Bros records, the film earned $510,000 domestically and $46,000 foreign.[1]

Preservation statusEdit

Main Street is lost.[3][4][5] Warner Bros. records of the film's negative have a notation, "Junked 12/27/48" (i.e., December 27, 1948). Warner Bros. destroyed many of its negatives in the late 1940s and 1950s due to nitrate decomposition of its pre-1933 films.


  1. ^ a b c Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 2 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. ^ Main Street as produced on Broadway at the National Theatre October 5, 1921 to December 1921;
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Main Street at
  4. ^ Main Street at American Silent Feature Film Survival Database
  5. ^ 1957 Movies from AAP Warner Bros Features & Cartoons Sales Book Directed at TV

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