Daphne and the Pirate (1916)

“Like the majority of his films, Griffith wrote this under a pseudonym. He felt that if the public thought you could do everything, they wouldn’t like you” (Lillian Gish)

  • Director: Christy Cabanne (as William Christy Cabanne)
  • Writer: D.W. Griffith (as Granville Warwick)
  • Stars: Lillian Gish, Elliott Dexter, Walter Long 

Philip de Mornay, a courtier in the French royal court of the 18th century, falls in love with Daphne La Tour, the daughter of a nobleman. Knowing that her family would never approve of their marriage, he takes her and hides her in a brothel, but is soon captured by pirates. Soldiers looking for women to bring with them to a settlement across the ocean in Louisiana raid the brothel and take the girls, including Daphne. Later on the trip to the new world their ship is attacked by pirates–and she discovers that her lover Philip is on board the pirate ship.

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