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The Portrait of Lady Anne (1912)

The ghost of a selfish, inconsiderate woman must make up for her past transgressions by making sure that her descendant marries the man who is right for her.




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Lady Anne
Lady Anne's Father in 1770
Lady Anne's Rejected Suitor
Lady Anne's Successful Suitor in 1770 (as Carl LeViness)
Lady Anne's Suitor in 1912


It hung in the place of honor in the old colonial house, and the daughter of the family was very proud of it, for she could prove by the likeness that she was a descendant of the proud Lady Anne, who had been a noted belle one hundred years ago. The portrait had been painted before Lady Anne was married, and only a few years before she died, leaving a broken-hearted husband, and one little child. There were rumors that the Lady Anne had died of a broken heart, because she believed that she had sent one of her disappointed suitors to death, but it was only a tradition, and the girl never believed it. The girl was the living picture of Lady Anne. Everyone told her so, and she had no reason to doubt it. Naturally she liked to watch the painting, and knowing the other woman's life story, or believing she did, she wondered often what her own would be. They had a house party at her home one time, and at night there was a dance. The girl, in a spirit of fun, took all the other young women up... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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23 July 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This film is more than a mere play
1 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A mighty pretty picture. Its interest was heightened by the intelligent and artistic interpretation of the present-day descendant of the original of the portrait, Flo La Badie. The author put into his work one notably good "punch," one of those apparently little things which strike so hard, which "jolt." The Lady Anne, of the days around 1770, had quarreled with her lover, and transferred her affections, or at least the outward physical symbol of those affections. Her former lover had written her a note of farewell, expressing regret at their quarrel and telling Lady Anne that he was off for the wars. The descendant of 1912 at a house party, in which she had by reason of her own jealousy quarreled with her lover, had been attired in a gown of Lady Anne. After the girl had gone to her room the sound of music caused her to look below. She saw her lover dancing with the counterpart of herself; with the figure in the painting, as animated as in the days of 1770. She did not or could not comprehend the identity of the dancer until she saw the empty frame. As she picked up the old-time dress there dropped from somewhere in its folds the letter written by the sweetheart of the Lady Anne. Its application to present conditions was so pertinent the jealous girl sought her lover; the breach was healed. This film is more than a mere play; it is of marked pictorial beauty. - The Moving Picture World, August 3, 1912

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