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True Heart Susie (1919)

Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his ... See full summary »

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True Heart Susie
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William Jenkins
Wilbur Higby ...
William's father
Loyola O'Connor ...
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Bettina Hopkins
Kate Bruce ...
Bettina's aunt
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Raymond Cannon ...
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Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his knowledge. Eventually he rises to a position of success and sophistication, and Susie realizes that she has through her own efforts raised him to a level where he is inaccessible to her. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Queen Alexandra's favorite film. See more »

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The doorknob on the front door of William and Bettina's house changes from the right side (during the storm) to the left side (afterwards). See more »

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Featured in The House That Shadows Built (1931) See more »

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Timeless masterpiece
7 June 2002 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

"True Heart Susie" is one of my top five or four favorite silent films -a timeless masterpiece of simple beauty and innocence. Set in small rural town in America, it is about a simple and devoted young woman "True Heart Susie" (Lillian Gish, in what is perhaps her finest performance) who makes painful sacrifices to promote her next door neighbor and ignorant love William Jenkins (Robert Harron) to college. This is D.W. Griffith at his peak. There isn't a scene in the this marvellously lyrical film that never attains emotional beauty and resonance. It may not have the technical invention and epic sprawl of "Birth of a Nation" or "Intolerance" or "Way Down East" but it remains one of the most honest and beautiful films I have ever seen.

A work of art you don't want to miss.


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