A newspaper advertisement for this film and several others.
Directed byAlbert Capellani
Written byAlbert Capellani (adaptation)
June Mathis (adaptation)
Jane Cowl (play)
Jane Murfin (play)
StarringEmily Stevens
CinematographyDavid Calcagni
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • January 7, 1918 (1918-01-07)
Running time
Five reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Daybreak is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by Albert Capellani. The film is considered to be lost.[1][2][3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Edith Frome (Stevens) finds it impossible to live with her husband Arthur (L'Estrange), who overindulges in liquor, and finally leaves him. After a separation of three years, she returns. Each evening she goes out and returns late, which arouses the suspicion of her husband. He has his secretary follow her and learns that she visits a child. Because of her friendliness with Dr. David Brett (Phillips), Arthur suspects the worst and institutes divorce proceedings. Edith tells him the truth concerning the child and Arthur, realizing his folly with his debauches, swears off liquor and they are reunited.



Like many American films of the time, Daybreak was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut two intertitles, "Now I know the truth — you have a child and Dr. Brett is the —" and "Yes and I know who's the father", and a shooting scene.[5]


  1. ^ Kear, Lynn (2009). Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-7864-4363-5.
  2. ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  3. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Daybreak
  4. ^ "Reviews: Daybreak". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (4): 25. January 19, 1918.
  5. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (5): 33. January 26, 1918.