~The Sin Flood~
~Promotional photograph from The California
Theater to promote the screening of "The Sin
Flood," made in 1922~
~Plot Synopsis~
This character study was adapted from Henning Berger's play, Synafloden, which was known as The
Deluge in its English translation. Stratton's Cafe is located in the town of Cottonia, near the banks of
the Mississippi River. Since it is below river level, Stratton (Will Walling) has water-tight doors
installed. One day the flood alarm sounds and Stratton locks up his cafe. Inside are Billy Bear, a young
broker (Richard Dix), Poppy, the chorus girl he once loved (Helene Chadwick), and a number of other
people, including a tramp, an alcoholic street preacher, a shyster lawyer, two cotton traders who are
enemies, and an out-of-work actor. When they all realize they will probably die of suffocation, they
undergo a shift in consciousness. Everyone reforms and forgives their fellowmen in the spirit of
brotherly love. Finally they decide to face the flood head on and fling open the doors. To their
surprise, the water has receded and all is well. Not surprisingly, everyone immediately reverts to their
old, wicked selves -- at least that's the way it was in the play. In the film version, Billy Bear and Poppy
hang onto their ideals and head off to get a marriage license.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com

Richard Dix ...  Bill Bear
Helene Chadwick ...  Poppy
John Steppling ...  Swift
Ralph Lewis ...  Fraser
Howard Davies ...  Sharpe
Will Walling ...  Stratton
William Orlamond ...  Nordling
Darwin Karr ...  Charlie
Otto Hoffman ...  Higgins
Louis King ...  Drunk (as L.H. King)
James Kirkwood ...  Bit Part (uncredited)
~Helene Chadwick and Richard Dix~
~William Orlamond, Ralph Lewis, Will Walling, Darwin Karr, Otto Hoffman, Howard Davies & Richard
~Ralph Lewis, William Orlamond & William Walling~
~Ralph Lewis, William Orlamond & William Walling~
Directed by: Frank Lloyd

Written by: J.G. Hawks

Based on the play "The Deluge," by Frank Allen and the play "Synafloden,"
by Henning Berger.
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Goldwyn Pictures Corporation

Cinematography by: Norbert Brodine
Assistant Director: Harry Weil

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: October 19, 1922