The Red Lily

The Red Lily is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by Fred Niblo and starring Ramon Novarro, Enid Bennett, and Wallace Beery.[1] A print of the film exists.[2]

The Red Lily
Directed byFred Niblo
Produced byFred Niblo
Written byFred Niblo
Bess Meredyth
StarringRamon Novarro
Enid Bennett
CinematographyVictor Milner
Edited byLloyd Nosler
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn
Release date
  • September 8, 1924 (1924-09-08)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Marise La Noue (Enid Bennett) and Jean Leonnec (Ramon Novarro) are young lovers who elope to Paris; however, they are separated shortly after their arrival, leading to the downward spiral of both their lives: She becomes a prostitute known as 'the Red Lily', and he learns the ways of the underworld from Bo-Bo (Wallace Beery).


Censorship concernsEdit

The film industry created the National Association of the Motion Picture Industry in 1916 in an effort to preempt censorship by states and municipalities, and it used a list of subjects called the "Thirteen Points" which film plots were to avoid. However, prostitution was not explicitly barred so long as it was not forced (i.e., white slavery) and aspects of her work was not present in the film.[3]


  1. ^ "Silent Era: The Red Lily". silentera. Retrieved June 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "The Red Lily". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Campbell, Russell (1997). "Prostitution and Film Censorship in the USA". Screening the Past (2): C/6. Retrieved July 5, 2020.

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