The Fall of Babylon (1919)

USA, 1919
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

An American fantasy film directed by D.W. Griffith. It’s a re-edited version of the Babylonian episode from Griffith’s Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916).

Plot Summary

A mountain girl loves King Belshazzar and fights to protect him from the scheming High Priest of Bel.


Directed by: D.W. Griffith
D.W. Griffith Productions
Produced by: D.W. Griffith
Written by: D.W. Griffith
Director of Photography: G.W. Bitzer

Constance Talmadge (the mountain girl)
Tully Marshall (the high priest of Bel)
Alfred Paget (the Prince Belshazzar)
Carl Stockdale (Nabonidus – King of Babylonia)
Seena Owen (Attarea – favourite of Belshazzar)
Loyola O’Connor (Attarea’s Slave)
George Siegmann (Cyrus the Persian)
Elmo Lincoln (the mighty man of valour)
Baron von Ritzan [real name: Erich von Ritzau], Count von Stroheim [real name: Erich von Stroheim] (Pharisees)
Kate Bruce (Babylonian mother)
Howard Scott (Babylonian dandy)
Alma Rubens, Ruth Darling, Margaret Mooney (girls in marriage market)
George Fawcett (Babylonian judge)
Mildred Harris, Pauline Stark (favourites of the harem)
Elmer Clifton (the Rhapsode)
Winnifred Westover (favourite of Egibi)
James Curley (charioteer of Cyrus)
Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis (dancers of Tammuz)

Alternative Titles

La chute de Babylone – French title
La mort de Babylone – French title
Padaneto na Vavilon – Bulgarian title
A Queda da Babilonia – Brazilian title

Includes extracts from
Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)


The Bioscope vol.56 no.883 (13 September 1923) p.77

Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.132 – credits