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Lady Helen's Escapade (1909)

Prizes gained without effort are never valuable, and, though we don't appreciate it, the longing for something makes existence sweet; hence if one has everything there is nothing to long ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Florence Lawrence ... Lady Helen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Bernard
John R. Cumpson ... Dinner Guest
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... The Friend
Charles Inslee ... The Father
Arthur V. Johnson ... Dinner Guest
Jeanie Macpherson ... Second Maid (unconfirmed)
David Miles ... The Musician
Owen Moore ... The Boyfriend
Vivian Prescott
Herbert Prior ... The Footman / The Policeman
Mack Sennett ... Dinner Guest
Dorothy West ... First Maid

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Prizes gained without effort are never valuable, and, though we don't appreciate it, the longing for something makes existence sweet; hence if one has everything there is nothing to long for. Such was the condition of Lady Helen, who had everything she could wish for, and in consequence felt very much bored. In her ennui she longs for excitement, for some new sensation, but in vain, until looking over the newspaper she is seized with an irresistible inclination of going out to work, so incognito engages as a domestic in a boarding house. Here she makes a ludicrous attempt to cook, etc., and of course, being totally ignorant of the culinary art, meets with meagre success. However, her pretty face and ill-concealed refinement make such a strong impression upon the male contingent, that they make no complaints at her cooking, and would have taken even poison if served by her fair hands. Two hallroom boys are particularly smitten. Among the boarders there is a talented musician, and his ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Released as a split reel along with A Troublesome Satchel (1909). See more »

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Foreshadowing
14 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith is setting the standard for every subsequent director to follow by doing this film. He is inviting them to raise their standards by erecting impossible hurdles in the vein of directing over a hundred films in one year.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1909 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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