Cast & Crew
Frank H. Crane
Paphnutius, a wealthy young citizen of ancient Alexandria, is captivated by the beauty of the famous courtesan Thais. While leaving her house, he is attacked by a rival whom he slays in self-defense. Paphnutius, who has studied the doctrines of the early Christians, is overcome with remorse and flees to the desert to join a Christian colony. Later, he imagines that it is his heaven-sent mission to revisit Alexandria and reclaim Thais. Her former love for him, enforced by his eloquence and determination, persuades Thais to foresake her wicked ways and follow him into the desert where she becomes one of the nuns. Haunted by visions of her former luxurious life, however, Thais resolves to return to it. She starts alone across the desert, drops exhausted and repents. Found by the nuns, she is pronounced purged of sin and is taken back to the Christian retreat. Meanwhile, Paphnutius, who has yielded to his old earthly passion for Thais, regrets that he has taken her from her life of luxury. He finds her dying and confesses his sin in prayer as she dies.
Opera star Mary Garden sang the part of Thaïs at the Opera Comique in Paris. Although this picture was principally filmed at the Goldwyn studios in Fort Lee, NJ, it was also shot on location in St. Augustine and Anastasia Island, FL. The copyright entry lists the film title as Thaïs.