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 »

Director:

Writer:

(story)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Way Down East (1920)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Mrs. David Landau
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young lovers in a French village are torn apart with the coming of the Great War.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Adolph Lestina
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Edith Erastoff, John Ekman
Foolish Wives (1922)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.

Director: Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, Maude George
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, August Falck, Edith Erastoff
Ingeborg Holm (1913)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Single mother is separated from her children due to financial struggles.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Hilda Borgström, Aron Lindgren, Erik Lindholm
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife.

Director: Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington, Erich von Stroheim
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Lady Mary Lasenby is a spoiled maiden who always gets her way until shipwrecked with her butler, then learns which qualities are really admirable in a person.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Thomas Meighan, Theodore Roberts, Raymond Hatton
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Yussuf and Aliosha are two shipwrecked sailors on an island in the Caspian Sea. They start working as sailor and mechanic for the fishing boats of the "Lights of the Communism" kolkhoz. ... See full summary »

Directors: Boris Barnet, S. Mardanin
Stars: Alexei Dolinin, Sergey Komarov, Nikolay Kryuchkov
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

John Logan leaves his parents and sweetheart in bucolic Happy Valley to make his fortune in the city. Those he left behind become miserable and beleaguered in his absence, but after several... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lydia Yeamans Titus, Robert Harron, Kate Bruce
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
True Heart Susie
...
William Jenkins
Wilbur Higby ...
William's father
Loyola O'Connor ...
Susie's aunt
George Fawcett ...
The Stranger
Clarine Seymour ...
Bettina Hopkins
Kate Bruce ...
Bettina's aunt
...
Bettina's friend
Raymond Cannon ...
Sporty Malone
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 June 1919 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Story of a Plain Girl  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Released under Paramount Pictures' prestigious Artcraft label. In 1919 Adolph Zukor devised a three-tiered brand system - the Artcraft division for its high-end, A-list product (ones that could command higher roadshow admissions in major cities) and Realart on the opposite end. The middle tier, which comprised the bulk of the studio's mainstream releases, was the Paramount banner. This quality classification existed for five years. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.4 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lillian Gish's performance was fabulous
9 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"True Heart Susie" was one of my favorite silent films that I watched during my class. This cute love story follows the lives of William and Susie. By the end of the film I found myself loving Lillian Gish's character (Susie). She sacrifices a lot in order to win William's heart over. I thought that Lillian Gish did a fabulous job throughout the entire movie. In the beginning of the film, Susie (Lillian Gish) tried to kiss William (Robert Harron) in a number of scenes and both characters did a wonderful job at creating awkward moments. I thought they did a fabulous job at making the audience feel uncomfortable as we watched Susie repeatedly getting denied by William. Griffith did a wonderful job at capturing Susie's emotion throughout the movie. The close up shots that were taken really enhanced emotion throughout the film and I found myself feeling genuinely sorry for her. During the movie, we hope and expect that Susie and William end up together, but when William meets Betty our prediction of the movie changes. The movie ends rather dramatically and unexpectedly which I favored because we always assume that endings are happy. This was the only silent film that I have watched where I felt connected to one of the characters. Lillian Gish did such a good job at grabbing the audiences attention through her facial expressions that I found myself hating Betty and feeling extremely sad when her and William got married. I don't think Griffith could have chosen a better actress to play Susie. I would definitely recommend watching this movie just to see Gish's performance. Griffith did a fabulous job at making this a sweet yet unexpected love story that captured my attention fabulously. If you're going to watch a silent film, I would definitely say that this is the one to watch!


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss True Heart Susie (1919) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?