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"Fine feathers make fine birds.'' and handsome gowns make handsome women, and a handsome woman is the most fascinating thing extant. Hence it is when Isabelle appears on the scene clad in a... See full summary »

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Marion Leonard ...
Isabelle
Harry Solter ...
Enrico
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Veronica
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ...
Rich Woman
Edwin August
John R. Cumpson ...
Man on Street / At Dance
Adele DeGarde ...
Child on Street
Anita Hendrie ...
Veronica's Partner
Charles Inslee ...
Second Suitor
Arthur V. Johnson ...
At Dance
David Miles ...
Butler / Man on Street
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Rich Man
Vivian Prescott
Herbert Prior ...
Man on Street
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At Dance
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"Fine feathers make fine birds.'' and handsome gowns make handsome women, and a handsome woman is the most fascinating thing extant. Hence it is when Isabelle appears on the scene clad in a gown that is a masterpiece of the dressmaker's art she easily fascinates the male contingent, among whom is Enrico, the sweetheart of Veronica, a street singer. Enrico is so enraptured at the sight of Isabelle in her resplendent attire that he becomes her abject slave, casting aside the poor, peasant-clad little Italian street singer, who has loved him devotedly. Crushed almost beyond endurance the poor girl stands sobbing at the entrance of the park where the inconsistent lever left her. Her tears attract the attention of a wealthy young couple who happen to pass. In answer to their queries she tells them how contemptibly her sweetheart acted, and all because of the fascinating influence of a gown. The lady is moved to commiseration and offers her aid in the gift of the most beautiful gown ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 March 1909 (USA)  »

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Griffith
29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Lure of the Gown, The (1909)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Griffith comedy about a man dumping his poorly dressed girlfriend when he sees another woman in a rich gown. To get revenge, the old girlfriend dresses herself up so that other men will come after here. The film is decent enough but does get a nice laugh when the revenge act comes into play. If you look quickly you can see Dorothy West, Mack Sennett and Griffith cinematographer G.W. Bitzer.

You can find this short on Grapevine's D.W. Griffith: The Director series.


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