Bessie Graham has been a sort of maid-of-all-work in her mother's boarding house for years. Determined to make a change, she tells her mother that she is going to strike out for herself and... See full summary »

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Bessie Graham
Margery Bonney Erskine ...
Mrs. Graham - Bessie's Mother (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
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A Woman of the Underworld
Yale Benner
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Bessie Graham has been a sort of maid-of-all-work in her mother's boarding house for years. Determined to make a change, she tells her mother that she is going to strike out for herself and try to get a position in the city. Arrived in the city, she rents a cheap room and starts to look for work. At two or three different places she is told that only trained assistants are required. Coming out of an office building, where she has met with another refusal, she starts down the street, almost in tears. A woman of the underworld, flashily dressed, sees her, and so does the woman's male companion. Approaching Bessie, the woman tells her that if she is in trouble, she may be able to help her. Bessie is glad. The man trails along behind, and suddenly coming up with them, speaks. The woman introduces him to Bessie as her husband. Together the three continue down the street. Turning a corner, they run into a tough-looking customer, who, the moment he sees the woman's "husband," halts the party... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 September 1915 (USA)  »

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Remember kids--the best way out of a predicament is to lie your head off!!
15 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a convoluted short film from the Edison Company. The illogic and message that when problems come up and you are NOT guilty of doing anything wrong, lie your head off instead of telling the truth is a bit odd! A naive young lady comes to the big city but is unfortunately befriended by a couple who probably are up to no good. However, she is unaware of this and accepts their offer to help. Soon, and completely out of the blue, another crook accosts them--and the two men struggle until one of them is killed. Now during this time, the young lady does NOTHING...yet, inexplicably, the police are looking for her in connection with the killing! In the meantime, she is taken in by a total stranger. He hides her and when the cops come looking for her, he lies and protects her from them. And, in a totally mondo-bizarro moment, the two end the film by deciding to get married--even though they've barely met! Weird stuff, but also rather interesting because of the odd subject matter.


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