The Infidel (1922 film)

The Infidel is a 1922 American drama film directed by James Young and featuring Boris Karloff. The film is considered to be lost.[1]

The Infidel
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Directed byJames Young
Written byCharles Logue
James Young
StarringKatherine MacDonald
Robert Ellis
CinematographyJoseph Brotherton
Distributed byAssociated First National Pictures
Release date
  • April 2, 1922 (1922-04-02)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] Lola Daintry (MacDonald), an unemployed actress and infidel hired to play a part in a scheme by Australian Bully Haynes (MacDowell), and a sailor named Chunky (Force) are cast upon the South Sea island of Menang, where are found Cyrus Flint (Ellis), who owns the copra produced from coconuts, and the Reverend Mead (Dowling), a missionary. Cyrus is attracted to the young woman and shields her from the attention of the Nabob (Karloff), the Mohammedan ruler. Haynes, who had planned the castaway stunt with Lola and Chunky, arrives and attempts to break the hold of the mission people on Cyrus so slavery can be brought back and to force Cyrus to sell his copra interests. The Nabob becomes a party to the scheme. After playing her game and luring Cyrus, Lola realizes that she has been duped and that Cyrus and Mead are not the unworthy men they have been painted to be. She confesses to the missionary, during which he discovers that he is her father, but decides not to reveal this to her as she has begun to have faith in him. Lola is scorned by Cyrus, who decides to sell out. He goes aboard Haynes' schooner for a voyage to Australia to sign the papers, leaving the Christians at the mercy of the Nabob. Lola is rowed to the vessel by a crew of natives and succeeds in getting aboard. She entreats Cyrus to return to Menang and to send a radio message to an American cruiser to suppress an uprising on the island. Cyrus sees the island buildings in flames and realizes that he has been fooled by Haynes, and attempts to use the radio, but Haynes wrecks the instrument. Cyrus reaches his secret radio, which brings the cruiser to the rescue, which after a few shells causes the palace of the Nabob to topple, killing him. The missionary also dies, confiding to Cyrus the care of Lola, whom he has converted. Lola will never know that he was her father.


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  1. ^ "The Infidel". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 10, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Reviews: The Infidel". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (16): 64. April 15, 1922.

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