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Passion's Playground

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Passion's Playground
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Directed byJ. A. Barry
Written byCharles Norris Williamson
Alice Muriel Williamson
Produced byKatherine MacDonald
StarringKatherine MacDonald
Norman Kerry
Nell Craig
CinematographyJoseph Brotherton
Katherine MacDonald Pictures Corporation
Distributed byFirst National Exhibitors
Release date
April 1920
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$1 million[1]

Passion's Playground is a 1920 American silent drama film produced by and starring Katherine MacDonald. Rudolph Valentino has a featured part in the film billed as Rudolph Valentine. The film is based on the novel The Guests of Hercules by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson. This film is presumed lost.[2][3][4]


As described in a film magazine,[5] Mary Grant (MacDonald), an orphan, leaves an Italian convent and goes to Monte Carlo where, with beginner's luck, she breaks the bank. When her unsophisticated ways lead men to make unseemly advances, she is protected by Prince Angelo Della Robbia (Valentino), whom she later promises to marry. His brother's wife comes to visit her and she learns that she is Marie Grant (Craig), a former student of the same convent who several years earlier had eloped with a man who then deserted her. When a former sweetheart of her husband accuses her of the deed, she places the blame on Mary. Mary goes to a chateau in the mountains. When her life is threatened by crooks, the Prince, after learning the truth of the matter, comes to her rescue, and a happy ending follows.


See also


  1. ^ Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938) accessed April 19, 2014
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20, published by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. ^ Passion's Playground at
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Passion's Playground
  5. ^ "Reviews: Passion's Playground". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (18): 73–74. May 1, 1920.

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