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This film marked the motion picture debut of Cecilia ... More Less

This film marked the motion picture debut of Cecilia Loftus. More Less

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Motog
10 Jan 14
pp. 21-22.
MPW
27 Dec 13
p. 1598.
MPW
10 Jan 14
p. 153.
NYDM
9 Jan 14
p. 57.
Variety
26 Dec 13
p. 12.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel A Lady of Quality by Frances Hodgson Burnett (New York, 1896) and the play of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Stephen Townsend (New York, 1 Nov 1897).
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 January 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After the death of his wife in childbirth, Sir Jeoffrey Wildairs refuses to see his two daughters. Six years later, he is delighted to learn that the high spirited little girl he has just met is his younger child, Clorinda, whom he decides to rear as a man both in dress and demeanor. Sir John Oxen, a notorious womanizer, sees the beautiful grown Clorinda and wagers that he will seduce her. The kindly Duke of Osmonde meanwhile appeals to a clergyman to help to change Clorinda, and through his efforts she decides to become feminine. She is charmed by Sir John, who cuts a lock of her hair as proof that he has won the wager, and then Clorinda, angered at his duplicity, marries the elderly Earl of Dunstanwolde. After his death two years later, Clorinda is courted by the Duke, but Sir John threatens to expose their liaison. Furious, Clorinda strikes him with her riding crop, accidentally killing him. After hiding the body, a guilt-ridden Clorinda then travels through London helping women whom Sir John had abused. Finally, her tearful confession to her sister Anne is overheard by the Duke who then ... +


After the death of his wife in childbirth, Sir Jeoffrey Wildairs refuses to see his two daughters. Six years later, he is delighted to learn that the high spirited little girl he has just met is his younger child, Clorinda, whom he decides to rear as a man both in dress and demeanor. Sir John Oxen, a notorious womanizer, sees the beautiful grown Clorinda and wagers that he will seduce her. The kindly Duke of Osmonde meanwhile appeals to a clergyman to help to change Clorinda, and through his efforts she decides to become feminine. She is charmed by Sir John, who cuts a lock of her hair as proof that he has won the wager, and then Clorinda, angered at his duplicity, marries the elderly Earl of Dunstanwolde. After his death two years later, Clorinda is courted by the Duke, but Sir John threatens to expose their liaison. Furious, Clorinda strikes him with her riding crop, accidentally killing him. After hiding the body, a guilt-ridden Clorinda then travels through London helping women whom Sir John had abused. Finally, her tearful confession to her sister Anne is overheard by the Duke who then proposes. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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