The Lamb (1915 film)

The Lamb is a 1915 American silent adventure comedy/Western film featuring Douglas Fairbanks in his first starring role.[1] Directed by W. Christy Cabanne, the film is based on the popular 1913 Broadway play The New Henrietta, in which Fairbanks co-starred with William H. Crane, Amelia Bingham and a very young Patricia Collinge.[2] D. W. Griffith, writing under the pseudonym Granville Barker, along with director Christy Cabanne, essentially expanded the play beyond the plush nouveau riche apartment setting of the play, and provided a western element to the story.[3] This would give Fairbanks a chance to show his physical prowess cinematically and loosen the play from what would be stage bound constraints.[4] Griffith also altered characters; Fairbanks' character's name is changed to Gerald, with his parent being his mother (Kate Toncray), whereas in the play his character was named Nick with his parent being his father played by Crane.

The Lamb
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Seena Owen, Douglas Fairbanks in The Lamb
Directed byW. Christy Cabanne
Screenplay byChristy Cabanne
Story byGranville Warwick
Based onThe New Henrietta
by Bronson Howard, Victor Mapes and Winchell Smith
StarringDouglas Fairbanks
Seena Owen
CinematographyWilliam E. Fildew
Distributed byTriangle Distributing
Release date
  • September 23, 1915 (1915-09-23) (New York City)
  • November 7, 1915 (1915-11-07) (Nationwide)
Running time
56 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

A copy of The Lamb is preserved at the George Eastman House.[1]



Distributed by Triangle Film Corporation, the film premiered at the Knickerbocker Theater in New York City on September 23, 1915 along with the Keystone The Valet and The Iron Strain. The Lamb outperformed the other two features and was a hit with audiences and critics who praised Fairbanks' performance.[3]


  1. ^ a b The Lamb at
  2. ^ Carson, Lionel (1915). The Stage Year Book. Stage Offices. p. 28.
  3. ^ a b Lombardi, Frederic (2013). Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios. McFarland. pp. 53–54. ISBN 978-0-786-43485-5.
  4. ^ Basinger, Jeanine (2000). Silent Stars. Wesleyan University Press. p. 104. ISBN 0-819-56451-6.

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