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The Crucible (1914 film)

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The Crucible
Directed byEdwin S. Porter
Hugh Ford
Written byEdwin S. Porter (uncredited)
Hugh Ford (uncredited)
Based onThe Crucible by Mark Lee Luther
StarringMarguerite Clark
Harold Lockwood
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 14, 1914 (1914-12-14)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The Crucible is a 1914 American silent romantic drama film directed by Edwin S. Porter and Hugh Ford and released through Paramount Pictures. Based on a novel of the same name by Mark Lee Luther (1872–1951), the film stars Marguerite Clark and Harold Lockwood.[1] The film is now presumed lost.[2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] Jean (Clark) is brought up as a boy by her father and, after Mr. Fenshaw dies, her boyish manner offends her mother and sisters. Jean is nagged and punished until one day she picks up a sickle and, without really intending to, cuts her sister's hand. She is sent to a reformatory. She later meets Craig Atwood (Lockwood), an artist in the woods, and goes through a series of trials to prove she is worthy of the love of her friend, the painter.



  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Crucible at
  2. ^ Nunn, Curtis (1981). Marguerite Clark, America's Darling of Broadway and the Silent Screen. TCU Press. p. VII. lost film.
  3. ^ Wietzel, Edward (Feb 15, 1919). "Critical Reviews and Comments: The Crucible". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 39 (7): 942. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
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