Important note: This is not a film review. It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
After the death of his wife in childbirth, Sir Jeoffrey Wildairs ( Peter Lang ) 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 ( Edna Weick ), whom he decides to rear as a man both in dress and demeanour. When Sir John Oxen ( Hal Clarendon ), a notorious womanizer, sees the beautiful now grown Clorinda ( Cecilia Loftus ) he wagers that he will seduce her. The kindly Duke of Osmonde ( House Peters ) 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 ( Roy Pilser ). 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 ( Geraldine O'Brien ) is overheard by the Duke who then proposes.
This silent drama was based the on novel A Lady of Quality by Frances Hodgson Burnett, produced by the Famous Players Film Company, starring Cecilia Loftus, House Peters and Hal Clarendon. The survival status of A Lady of Quality is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives. I hope a copy of this film survives somewhere.
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