Silent Feature: Temptation
Studio: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Released: January 2, 1916
Featured Cast: Geraldine Farrar, Pedro de Cordoba, Theodore Roberts
A poor girl realizes her dream of becoming an opera singer but soon learns that there is a price to pay.
“The personality, the magnetism, and the histrionic power of Geraldine Farrar are brought out in this picture even more strongly than in Carmen. The photography is of the highest standard, and the master hand of director DeMille is discernible throughout.”
– The New York Dramatic Mirror, January 8, 1916
“It was a story of the type that has since served anybody who can lay claim to a vocal chirp—how the little home-town girl makes good in grand opera, upon merit and virtue. it was called Temptation. In those days that title was thought to have considerable sex-appeal.”
– Geraldine Farrar, Such Sweet Compulsion
Temptation cost $22,472.25 and grossed $102,437.47.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include the considerable profits realized from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)