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The Lion and the Mouse (1919)

 |  Drama  |  16 February 1919 (USA)
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Judge Rossmore, on the Federal Bench, rules in favor of a large company in litigation before him, unaware that a smaller company in which he owns considerable stock has been subsumed by the... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jefferson Ryder
Anders Randolf ...
John Burkett Ryder
Henry Hallam ...
Judge Rossmore
William T. Carleton ...
Sen. Roberts (as W.T. Carlton)
Mona Kingsley ...
Kate Roberts
Jane Jennings ...
Mrs. Ryder
W.H. Burton ...
Judge Scott
Templar Saxe ...
Fitzroy Bagley (as Templer Saxe)
Mary Carr ...


Judge Rossmore, on the Federal Bench, rules in favor of a large company in litigation before him, unaware that a smaller company in which he owns considerable stock has been subsumed by the larger firm, thus creating appearance of a conflict of interests. When one of the Judge's enemies plots to ruin the Judge over this apparent improper behavior, Judge Rossmore's daughter Shirley sets out to prove her father's innocence. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Lost Alice Joyce Silent
12 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1919 drama starring the popular actress, Alice Joyce, was produced by the Vitagraph Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.

Moving Picture World - February 22, 1919

IN TAKING full advantage of all the possibilities of Charles Klein's play, and in presenting, besides, Alice Joyce as Shirley Rossmore in "The Lion and the Mouse," Vitagraph has given out a most attractive and pleasing picture. The story, full of genuine American interest, flows along as smoothly and deeply as a great river, sweeping out finally into a big climax.

The Story - John Burkett Ryder, "the richest man in the world," determines to discredit a judicial decision which works against the interest of his millions by discrediting its author, Judge Rossmore, and causes impeachment charges to be laid against him in Congress. Shirley Rossmore, the judge's daughter, learns of her father's trouble and returns home from Paris, where she has won success as a writer. She is loved by Jefferson Ryder, son of the magnate who is slowly killing her father. Determined to force the millionaire's hand, she publishes "The American Octopus" under a pseudonym, using Burkett's character as the central figure. He is attracted by the book and brings Shirley, whom he knows as Sarah Green, to his home to write his biography. This is the opportunity she is seeking, as it gives her a chance to obtain the two letters which will clear her father's name. Jefferson Ryder helps her secure the desired papers, but is discovered by his father and denounced as a thief. Shirley, who loves Jefferson, cannot stand to see him so branded and confesses her identity to his father. The "Lion" had long since been won by the charm of the "Mouse," and the story is cleared up in pleasing style.

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