The Garden of Weeds

The Garden of Weeds is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by James Cruze and starring Betty Compson. It is based on the Broadway play Garden of Weeds by Leon Gordon and Doris Marquette.[1] Famous Players-Lasky produced and Paramount Pictures distributed.[2]

The Garden of Weeds
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Directed byJames Cruze
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byAnthony Coldeway
Walter Woods
Based onGarden of Weeds
by Leon Gordon and Doris Marquette
StarringBetty Compson
CinematographyKarl Brown
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 2, 1924 (1924-11-02)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a review in a film magazine,[3] of great wealth but lacking in the better traits, Phillip Flagg (Fellowes) maintains an estate which he calls his "Garden of Weeds" where he entertains girls of the stage until he tires of them. Attracted to Dorothy Delbridge (Compson), he has her fired because she refuses to accept his attentions. She later accept his invitation and becomes the mistress of "Garden of Weeds." Meeting Douglas Crawford (Baxter), another wealthy chap, she breaks with Flagg and marries him but has not the courage to reveal her past. Crawford engages Flagg’s butler, who threatens to reveal the secret. Flagg comes to see Crawford and arranges to fleece him in a shady deal. He begins to taunt her with veiled jibes to get even. Dorothy, unable to stand it any longer, reveals the truth. Crawford says he has known it all the time and proceeds to thrash Flagg, who falls over the balcony railing and is killed.



With no prints of The Garden of Weeds located in any film archives,[4] it is a lost film.


  1. ^ Garden of Weeds as a play performed on Broadway at the Gaiety Theatre, April-May 1924
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Garden of Weeds
  3. ^ Sewell, Charles S. (November 15, 1924). "The Garden of Weeds; Paramount Offers Adaptation of Stage Play, Starring Betty Compson and Directed by James Cruze". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 71 (3): 269, 271.
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Garden of Weeds

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