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The Dark Swan (film)

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The Dark Swan
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Directed byMillard Webb
Screenplay byFrederick J. Jackson
Based onThe Dark Swan
by Ernest Pascal
StarringMarie Prevost
Monte Blue
Helene Chadwick
John Patrick
Lilyan Tashman
Vera Lewis
CinematographyDavid Abel
Millard Webb
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 26, 1924 (1924-11-26)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$261,000[1]

The Dark Swan is a 1924 American drama film directed by Millard Webb and written by Frederick J. Jackson. It is based on the 1924 novel The Dark Swan by Ernest Pascal. The film stars Marie Prevost, Monte Blue, Helene Chadwick, John Patrick, Lilyan Tashman, and Vera Lewis. The film was released by Warner Bros. on November 26, 1924.[2][3][4][5]


As described in a review in a film magazine,[6] because she is a clever vamp, Eve Quinn (Prevost) has generally had her way with men, while her sister Cornelia (Chadwick), a quiet, deep-thinking girl, cannot bring herself to deliberately pursue them. So Eve wins Lewis Dike (Blue), who Cornelia loves. Immediately after her marriage, Eve begins a series of dangerous adventures with Wilfred Meadows (Patrick). Lewis learns of them and endeavors to reason with his wife, but she will not listen to him. As Cornelia plans to sail for Europe, Lewis meets her at the dock. He tells her that he has made a mistake in marrying Eve, that they are to be divorced, and that he loves Cornelia. They part with mutual assurances of a future meeting.


Box Office

According to Warner Bros., the film earned $224,000 domestically and $37,000 in foreign markets.[1]


With no prints of The Dark Swan located in any film archives,[7] it is a lost film.


  1. ^ a b c Warner Bros. financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 3 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. ^ "The Dark Swan (1924) - Overview". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Janiss Garza. "Dark Swan (1924) - Millard Webb". AllMovie. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Dark Swan". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Dark Swan at
  6. ^ Smith, Sumner (December 6, 1924). "The Dark Swan; Marie Prevost, Monte Blue, Helene Chadwick in Attractive Warner Picture". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 71 (6): 545. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  7. ^ The Library of Congress / FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Dark Swan

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