The Age of Innocence (1924 film)

The Age of Innocence is a 1924 American silent film directed by Wesley Ruggles. It is the first film adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel The Age of Innocence. It was produced and distributed by Warner Brothers.[1]

The Age of Innocence
Directed byWesley Ruggles
Screenplay byOlga Printzlau
Based onThe Age of Innocence
(1920 novel)
by Edith Wharton
StarringBeverly Bayne
Elliott Dexter
Edith Roberts
Willard Louis
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
November 1, 1924
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Newland Archer is engaged to May Mingott of a prominent New York family. Shortly after the engagement is announce, Newland finds himself attracted to May’s older married cousin Countess Ellen Olenska. After his marriage to May, Newland and Ellen agree to run away together. Before this can happen, May visits her husband’s lover and informs her that she is expecting a child. Ellen and Newland part ways, Newland vowing to be a better husband to his wife May.


Preservation statusEdit

This film is now lost.[2][3] In February 1956, Jack Warner sold the rights to all of his pre-December 1949 films to Associated Artists Productions. In 1969, UA donated 16mm prints of some Warner Bros. films from outside United States. No copies of The Age of Innocence are known to exist.



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