Born in Italy and raised in upstate New York, Robert G. Vignola began his film-acting career at the Kalem company in 1907. One of Vignola's more prominent film roles was Judas in From the Manger to the Cross (1912), filmed on location in the Holy Land. In 1911, he began directing, stacking up some impressive film credits in the teens and '20s. Of his few surviving directorial efforts, When Knighthood Was in Flower, a 1922 costume epic starring Marion Davies, is perhaps the best known. Relegated to Poverty Row productions in the talkie era, Robert G. Vignola managed to turn out a not uninteresting adaptation of The Scarlet Letter (1934), with Colleen Moore in the lead.