How She Triumphed (1911)

Mary, an orphan, comes to live with her aunt. Being in rather poor health and what some might call homely, the poor girl despairs of ever receiving any attention either from her pretty ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Linda Arvidson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Blanche Sweet ... Mary
Vivian Prescott ... Mary's Cousin
Joseph Graybill ... Mary's Sweetheart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce
Florence La Badie
Charles West Charles West
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Mary, an orphan, comes to live with her aunt. Being in rather poor health and what some might call homely, the poor girl despairs of ever receiving any attention either from her pretty cousins or their gentlemen friends. One of the cousins, however, who is an athletic girl, takes her in hand. The first dose of medicine is a bout at boxing, then a run along the country road, followed by a cold plunge. This is kept up daily for two months, at the end of which time no one would know Mary, such a transformation having taken place. The other girls are now in fearful dread of losing their sweethearts, as they seem too well pleased with the result. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Argument in Favor of Physical Culture See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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How She Triumphed (1911) -- Sad Loss
25 June 2015 | by mpickfordfanSee all my reviews

Mary ( Blanche Sweet ) an orphan, comes to live with her Aunt. Being in rather poor health, and what some might call homely, she despairs of ever receiving any attention from her pretty cousins or their gentlemen friends. One of the cousins ( Vivian Prescott ), however, who is an athletic girl, takes her in hand. The first dose of medicine is a bout of boxing, then a run along the country road, followed by a cold plunge. This is kept up daily for two months, at the end of which time no one would know Mary, such a transformation having taken place. The other girls are now in fearful dread of losing their sweethearts, as they seem to well pleased with the result. THE MOVING PICTURE WORLD, 1911

According to Blanche Sweet, by 1910 she had filled out in all the right places, and was finally suited to play more adult roles. Linda Arvidson wrote the scenario for a film about a young woman who evolves from ugly duckling to beautiful swan, How She Triumphed, a story she thought ideal for Blanche Sweet. Sadly this early Biograph short filmed on location in Pasadena, California, is a lost silent film.


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