Experience 1921 film.jpg
1921 theatrical poster
Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice
Written byWaldemar Young (scenario)
Based onExperience
by George V. Hobart
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
StarringRichard Barthelmess
Lilyan Tashman
Reginald Denny
Marjorie Daw
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 23, 1921 (1921-10-23)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Experience is a 1921 American silent morality drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The allegorical film was directed by George Fitzmaurice and starred Richard Barthelmess. It was based on George V. Hobart's successful 1914 Broadway play of the same name.[1] It was the film debut of Lilyan Tashman.

Experience is presumed to be a lost film.[2]


The plot of Experience was summarized in the August 1921 issue of Photoplay magazine.



Some of the minor roles were filled through contests held in various cities, which gave advance publicity for the film. For example, Edna Wheaton was selected for the role of "Beauty" through a contest run by the New York Daily News.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Experience as produced on Broadway at the Booth, Casino and Maxine Elliott's Theatres, starting Oct. 27, 1914 - Jan. 1915 (Booth), Jan 11, 1915 - May 1915 (Casino), May 3, 1915 - June 5, 1915 (Maxine Elliott). Play revived in 1918 at Manhattan Opera House 23 performances; IBDb.com database
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Experience at silentera.com
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Experience". Photoplay. Chicago: Photoplay Publishing Co. 20 (3): 51. August 1921. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Beauty Winners: Contest Gives Wide Advance Publicity on Experience, Forthcoming Paramount Picture", Exhibitors Herald, 12 (16): 48, April 16, 1921