The Magic Flame
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Directed byHenry King
Written byGeorge Marion, Jr. (titles)
June Mathis (continuity)
Bess Meredyth (writer)
Nellie Revell (titles)
Based onKönig Harlekin
by Rudolph Lothar
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
StarringRonald Colman
Vilma Bánky
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Music bySigmund Spaeth
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • September 18, 1927 (1927-09-18) (U.S.)
Running time
9 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Magic Flame is a 1927 American silent drama film directed by Henry King, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and based on the 1900 play Konig Harlekin by Rudolph Lothar.[1] George Barnes was nominated at the 1st Academy Awards for Best Cinematography for his work in The Magic Flame, The Devil Dancer, and Sadie Thompson.[2] The film promoted itself as the Romeo and Juliet of the circus upon its release.



The Magic Flame is now considered to be a lost film.[3] The first five reels are rumored to exist at the George Eastman House, though this is disputed.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Shilling, Donovan A. (September 1, 2013). Rochester's Movie Mania. Pancoast Publishing. p. 187. ISBN 9780982109045.
  2. ^ "The 1st Academy Awards (1929) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Magic Flame at
  4. ^ Vilma Banky: Hungarian Rhapsody
  5. ^ Schildgen, Rachel A. (2010). More Than a Dream: Rediscovering the Life and Films of Vilma Bánky. 1921 PVG Publishing. p. 167. ISBN 978-0982770924. Retrieved March 5, 2013. ... in the past, scholars have said the first five reels were housed at the George Eastman House in New York. Further inquiries have turned up little, and it is safe to assume the film is gone for good.