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The Tower of Lies

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The Tower of Lies
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVictor Sjöström
Written byMarian Ainslee (titles)
Ruth Cummings (titles)
Agnes Christine Johnston
Max Marcin
Based onThe Emperor of Portugallia
by Selma Lagerlöf
Produced byIrving Thalberg
StarringNorma Shearer
Lon Chaney
CinematographyPercy Hilburn (*French)
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 11, 1925 (1925-10-11) (United States)
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The Tower of Lies is a 1925 American silent drama film directed by Victor Sjöström based upon Selma Lagerlöf's novel The Emperor of Portugallia (1914). Released one year after He Who Gets Slapped, the film marks the second collaboration between Sjöström, Lon Chaney and Norma Shearer. Also starring are William Haines, Ian Keith and Lew Cody.[1]

The film's sets were designed by the art director James Basevi.


Jan (Lon Chaney) is a Swedish farmer and Glory (Norma Shearer) is his beloved daughter, who saves him from bankruptcy by eloping to the big city with their rapacious landlord, driving Jan to madness.


Preservation status

The film is now considered a lost film.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ The Tower of Lies at SilentEra
  2. ^ Blake, Michael F. (1997). A Thousand Faces: Lon Chaney's Unique Artistry in Motion Pictures. Vestal Press. p. 171. ISBN 1-461-73076-7.
  3. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Tower of Lies

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