WAY DOWN EAST

D.W. Griffith Productions
United Artists
Released: September 3, 1920

Featured cast: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess

Producer-director: D. W. Griffith
Screenwriters: Joseph R. Grismer, Anthony Paul Kelly
Source: the Lottie Blair Parker play presented by William A. Brady
Cinematographer: G.W. Bitzer

THEME

When a trusting girl is seduced by a cad, only a poor boy will stand by her.

PRODUCTION QUOTE

“Work on the production of Way Down East will be begun immediately at the Griffith Studios in Mamaroneck, New York.”
- “D.W. Griffith Purchases Screen Rights to Way Down East,” The Motion Picture News, February 7, 1920

FIGURES

Way Down East cost $1 million and grossed $2 million.

NOTE

Norma and Athole Shearer worked as extras.

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