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Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1913 film)

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Scene from the film
Directed byJ. Searle Dawley
Based onTess of the d'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Produced byDaniel Frohman
StarringMrs. Fiske
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1913 (1913-09-01)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a 1913 American silent drama film based upon the Thomas Hardy 1891 novel of the same name and was one of the first feature films made. It was directed by J. Searle Dawley, released by Famous Players Film Company and stars Mrs. Fiske, reprising her famous role from the 1897 play.[1] An Adolph Zukor feature production after securing the services of top American actress Mrs. Fiske.[2]

A fragment of this film is said to exist.[3][4][5]


  • Mrs. Fiske - Tess Durbeyfield
  • Raymond Bond - Angel Clare
  • David Torrence - Alec D'Urberville
  • John Steppling - John Durbyfield
  • Mary Barker - Mrs. Durbeyfield
  • James Gordon - Crick
  • Maggie Weston - Mrs. Crick
  • Irma La Pierre - Marian
  • Katherine Griffith - Mrs. D'Urberville
  • Franklin Hall - Parson Clare
  • Camille Dalberg - Mrs. Clare
  • J. Liston - Parson Tringham
  • Boots Wall - Reta
  • Caroline Darling - Izz
  • Justina Huff - Liza Lou
  • John Troughton - Jonathan


Like many American films of the time, Tess of the d'Urbervilles was subject to city and state film censorship boards. In 1917 the Chicago Board of Censors issued the film, due to its subject matter, an "adults only" permit.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Productions of Tess of the d'Urbervilles on Broadway; IBDb.com
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Tess of the d'Urbervilles at silentera.com
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  5. ^ Tess of the d'Urbervilles at TheGreatStars.com: Lost Films Wanted Archived 2009-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (6): 33. 4 August 1917. Retrieved 2014-11-25.
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