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The Painted Lady (1912)

A lonely young woman lives with her strict father who forbids her to wear make-up. One day at an ice cream social, she meets a young man you seems interested in her. However, unknown to her... See full summary »

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A lonely young woman lives with her strict father who forbids her to wear make-up. One day at an ice cream social, she meets a young man you seems interested in her. However, unknown to her, he is a burglar who is only interested in breaking into her father's house. One night she is awakened by a noise. Grabbing a pistol, she enters her father's downstairs office where she confronts a masked intruder . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Make-Up to Break-Up
19 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Early film directed by D.W. Griffith; with Blanche Sweet giving a noteworthy performance. She is a young woman forbidden, by her father (Charles Hill Mailes), to wear make-up. When she goes to an ice cream social, she attracts little attention, while the Griffith men go for "The Painted Lady". Dejected, she meets a stranger in town (Joseph Graybill); at last! a man shows interest in the unpainted Ms. Sweet. They begin to meet secretly. Sadly, the man is really interested in her father's money - in disguise, he goes to rob Sweet's home; then, our heroine gets a gun to confront the thief…

Sweet is entertaining in the starring role, relaying all the proper emotions with her face and gestures. There is a continuity distraction

  • note that the man's hat as he lies down seems to pop back on his head


inexplicably. "The Painted Lady"'s message doesn't really make too much sense. Why is Sweet is the only woman who suffers the consequences of frivolous femininity?

***** The Painted Lady (10/24/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Blanche Sweet, Charles Hill Mailes, Joseph Graybill


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