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The Lure of the Gown (1909)

"Fine feathers make fine birds.'' and handsome gowns make handsome women, and a handsome woman is the most fascinating thing extant. Hence it is when Isabelle appears on the scene clad in a... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

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D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Marion Leonard ... Isabelle
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Enrico
Florence Lawrence ... Veronica
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Veronica's Partner
Charles Inslee ... Second Suitor
Owen Moore ... Rich Man
Linda Arvidson ... Rich Woman
David Miles ... Butler / Man on Street
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August
John R. Cumpson ... Man on Street / At Dance
Adele DeGarde ... Child on Street
Arthur V. Johnson ... At Dance
Vivian Prescott
Herbert Prior ... Man on Street
Mack Sennett ... At Dance
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"Fine feathers make fine birds.'' and handsome gowns make handsome women, and a handsome woman is the most fascinating thing extant. Hence it is when Isabelle appears on the scene clad in a gown that is a masterpiece of the dressmaker's art she easily fascinates the male contingent, among whom is Enrico, the sweetheart of Veronica, a street singer. Enrico is so enraptured at the sight of Isabelle in her resplendent attire that he becomes her abject slave, casting aside the poor, peasant-clad little Italian street singer, who has loved him devotedly. Crushed almost beyond endurance the poor girl stands sobbing at the entrance of the park where the inconsistent lever left her. Her tears attract the attention of a wealthy young couple who happen to pass. In answer to their queries she tells them how contemptibly her sweetheart acted, and all because of the fascinating influence of a gown. The lady is moved to commiseration and offers her aid in the gift of the most beautiful gown ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1909 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Released in the US as a split reel along with I Did It (1909). See more »

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A Social Construct
13 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith is constructing a social identity for the American nation in this short film. The acting was poor, and it delivered a Sunday Roast with bland vegetables rather a chicken curry. It was tasteless, and the writing was awful.


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