The Painted Lady (October 24, 1912)

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The Painted Lady
 

Released on October 24, 1912: The daughter of a man who does not want her to use makeup finally meets a man who is attracted to her, but he only uses her to get information to rob her father.

Produced by D.W. Griffith

Directed by D.W. Griffith

The Actors: Blanche Sweet (the older sister), Madge Kirby (the younger sister), Charles Hill Mailes (the father), Kate Bruce (the mother), Joseph Graybill (the stranger), William J. Butler (the minister), Lionel Barrymore (boy at the ice cream festival), Elmer Booth (boy at the ice cream festival), Christy Cabanne (at the ice cream festival), Harry Carey (at the ice cream festival), Gladys Egan (little girl in arbor), Dorothy Gish (belle at ice cream festival), Lillian Gish (belle at ice cream festival), Charles Gorman (hired hand), Robert Harron (beau at ice cream festival), W.E. Lawrence (boy with dog), Walter P. Lewis (man at ice cream festival), Walter Miller (at the ice cream festival), Jack Pickford (beau at the ice cream festival), Henry B. Walthall (at the ice cream festival)

 

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I'm Confused . . .

I have many hundreds of silent movies but I don't upload a lot of them anymore because I think that the silent movie fan is usually a different person than the classic movie fan. I have plans to one day devote an entire web site to silent movies, but that will be another day . . . . I decided to add this twelve minute drama because of two things. First, a fan contacted me recently and told me that one of her grandparents was in silent movies, and she thanked me for the movie that I had put on the web site featuring her relative. I looked around and discovered that her relative was also in this movie and figured I would add it for her enjoyment. The second reason is that as I write this it is a warm Saturday morning after a bitterly cold winter and I don't have time right now to begin watching, linking and reviewing a full feature film, but this one is still on my 'to do' list, and it seems to be the time to watch and review a twelve minute story. I was also intrigued by the title. Papa was a preacher with Mennonite roots, and neither his wife nor any of my five sisters were allowed to wear any kind of sinful makeup while they were at home. Papa called women who wore makeup 'painted ladies' and the title of this drama brought back memories of the arguments between my mother, my father and my next oldest sister Carol about how modern she could dress and look as a teen in the 1960's. As I recall Mom was on Carol's side but Father stood firm and insisted that his girls dressed and looked like proper women of the 1930's . . . . Not like the brazen hussy's of the 1960's. . . . Ahhh . . . . memories . . . . Anyway, I expected a story about a young lady and whether she could or should use makeup to attract her man, and while that storyline is on the edges of the movie, it is not about using makeup. This twelve minute drama involves murder and insanity . . . I think . . . . Without spoken dialogue and a plethora of title cards, I am a bit mystified whether our heroine goes insane and dies . . . . or is she just having a bad afternoon . . . What exactly is the moral of this story about whether young ladies should use makeup or not? . . . Maybe you can let me know . . . . Pop a small bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Blanche Sweet
Blanche Sweet
Blanche Sweet and Charles Hill Mailes
Blanche Sweet and Charles Hill Mailes
Blanche Sweet and Charles Hill Mailes
Blanche Sweet and Charles Hill Mailes
Blanche Sweet, Joseph Graybill and Charles Hill Mailes
Blanche Sweet, Joseph Graybill and Charles Hill Mailes
Blanche Sweet and Madge Kirby
Blanche Sweet and Madge Kirby
Blanche Sweet
Blanche Sweet
Blanche Sweet
Blanche Sweet
Joseph Graybill, Blanche Sweet and Charles Hill Mailes
Joseph Graybill, Blanche Sweet and Charles Hill Mailes
William J. Butler and Joseph Graybill
William J. Butler and Joseph Graybill
Kate Bruce
Kate Bruce