A Society Exile
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Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice
Written byOuida Bergere (scenario)
Based onWe Can't Be as Bad as All That
by Henry Arthur Jones
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
StarringElsie Ferguson
Julia Dean
Zeffie Tilbury
Henry Stephenson
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 17, 1919 (1919-08-17)
Running time
6 reels[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

A Society Exile (1919) is an American silent film drama directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Elsie Ferguson, Julia Dean, and William Carleton. The assistant director to Fitzmaurice was William Scully. The film marks the second screen appearance of the actor Henry Stephenson. The film was based upon the play We Can't Be as Bad as All That by Henry Arthur Jones.

According to the American Film Institute catalog, William Cameron Menzies may or may not have been the art director for the film.[1]


Based upon a plot summary included in a film review in a film publication,[2] Nora (Ferguson) is an American heiress who is courted by Lord Bissett (Gamble) while visiting England. She overhears Bissett discussing with his sister the need of Nora's money to replenish his fortune, so she leaves him and moves into a nearby cottage. A successful playwright Sir Howard Furnival (Stephenson) assists her in preparing a play based upon a novel she has written, but keeps this secret from his wife Doris (Dean), who is very jealous. Bissett obtains a page of the manuscript in Nora's handwriting with enduring terms, and gives it to Doris, telling her that it is a love letter to her husband. This leads to the deaths of both Furnivals, and Nora is blamed and ostracized. Nora changes her name and goes to Venice, where she meets and becomes engaged to English army officer Sir Ralph Newell (Carleton). Before their marriage she confesses who she is in a letter that he never receives. Upon return to England, she discovers that her husband is the brother of Doris and has cursed the woman who caused his sister's death. Bissett reveals to Newell who Nora is. In the end after more melodrama, the lovers are reunited in Venice.

Film still; Elsie Ferguson and Warburton Gamble.
Film still; Elsie Ferguson and Warburton Gamble.


Preservation status

It is not known whether the film currently survives, and it is likely a lost film.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ a b American Film Institute Catalogue, Feature Films, 1911-1920
  2. ^ "A Society Exile: A Wholly Satisfying Society Drama". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 20 (10): 1867. Aug 30, 1919. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  3. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: A Society Exile". silentera.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  4. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:A Society Exile