~Down to Earth~
1917
Directed by: John Emerson

Written by:
John Emerson
Douglas Fairbanks - story
Anita Loos
~Cast~

Douglas Fairbanks ... Billy Gaynor
Eileen Percy ... Ethel Forsythe
Gustav von Seyffertitz  ... Dr. Jollyem
Charles McHugh ... Dr. Samm
Charles K. Gerrard ... Charles Riddles - Ethel's Lover
William H. Keith ... Mr. Carter
Ruth Allen ... Mrs. Fuller Jermes
Fred Goodwins ... Jordan Jinny
Florence Mayon  ... Mrs. Phattison Oiles
Herbert Standing ... Mr. S.D. Dyspeptic
David Porter ... Mr. Coffin
Bull Montana  ... Wild Man
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures

Distribution Company: Artcraft Pictures Corporation

Produced by: Douglas Fairbanks
Cinematography by: Victor Fleming
Film Editing by: William Shea
Second Unit Director: Joseph Henabery
Assistant Cinematographer: Glen MacWilliams
General Manager: John Fairbanks

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 71 Minutes
Released: August 16, 1917

Filmed at:
Yosemite National Park, California, USA
~Plot Synopsis~
Douglas Fairbanks recalls James M. Barrie's The Admirable Crichton in the 1917 silent Down to Earth.
Billy Gaynor (Fairbanks) takes over an asylum where his girl, Ethel (Eileen Percy), is resting after a
supposed nervous breakdown. "Doctor" Gaynor realizes that Ethel is perfectly healthy; all that's
wrong with her is that she has become soft and spoiled thanks to modern living and too-rigid
adherence to passing fads and foibles. He arranges for Ethel and the rest of the hypochondriac
patients to take an ocean voyage, then stages a shipwreck, forcing these pampered creatures to fend
for themselves on a "desert island" (actually a wooded glade just off a main California highway).
Sunshine and hard work does more good for the patients than all the psychiatrists and so-called
experts in the world. Having proven his point, Billy claims his girl and bids the other patients a jaunty
farewell.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com