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The Ghosts of Yesterday (1918)

After his wife/model has died of starvation with her portrait unfinished, an impoverished artist meets another woman with a striking resemblance to her.



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Cast overview:
Ruth Graham / Jeanne La Fleur
Howard Marston
Count Pascal de Fondras
John Daly Murphy ...
Duc de Lissac
Roger Stearns (as Henry J. Hebert)
Ida Darling ...
Mrs. Whitaker
Blanche Douglas ...
Marie Calleaux


An impoverished artist uses his own wife as a model, but before e can complete the painting, she dies of malnutrition. The portrait remains unfinished until he comes across another woman who bears a striking resemblance to his dead wife. He asks her to help him finish the picture and she falls in love, but is jealous of the love he still feels for her. After she leaves him, she learns that he has gone blind. Written by

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Drama | Romance





Release Date:

19 January 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Two Women  »

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1.33 : 1
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Four out of six reels of this film survive. The last two reels are missing in their entirety, but some fragments of reel six survive. All of this material exists in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. See more »

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Talmadge's 13th feature partially preserved

The library of congress, DC, has two thirds of this film - reels 1-4 in 35 mm - as well as a few feet of reel 6 - with some deterioration. The plot involves Norma Talmadge playing a double role - a poor dressmaker married to a painter and a notorious cabaret singer, whom he paints after her death. Thanks to Greta de Groat for her exhaustive research and wonderful website on Ms. Talmadge from which the above was gleaned.

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