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Just Like a Woman (1912)

A fortune hunter is the accepted suitor of the daughter of an apparently wealthy widow, but when she receives notice that the oil stocks, in which her late husband's fortune is invested, ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

George Hennessy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... The Young Woman
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... The Young Woman's Mother
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... The Fortune Hunter
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... The Broker
Wilfred Lucas ... The Wealthy Friend
Robert Harron ... The Stableboy
Kate Bruce ... The Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathleen Butler Kathleen Butler ... A Servant
Christy Cabanne ... In Club (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Hector Dion ... An Oil Man
Charles Hill Mailes ... An Oil Man
Mae Marsh ... In Club
Marguerite Marsh ... In Club
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... An Oil Man
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A fortune hunter is the accepted suitor of the daughter of an apparently wealthy widow, but when she receives notice that the oil stocks, in which her late husband's fortune is invested, are worthless, he finds the young girl less attractive. The broker who has represented the widow calls to explain the situation and extend his sympathy. Accompanying him is a wealthy friend, who becomes quite interested in the girl, although he is twice her age. He later makes a formal proposal of marriage, believing that he can win her love through kindness. The girl for the sake of her mother accepts and they are married. Despite his great love for the girl he is unable to overcome the great difference in their ages, and enjoining the broker to secrecy, he buys the worthless oil stock so that she may be independent, and he then leaves her to go back to his oil fields. Learning of his sacrifice, the nobleness of it arouses the girl's love and she follows him to tell him of her awakening. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Full of brilliant moments of insight into human moods
4 November 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A very artistic and well-acted picture full of brilliant moments of insight into human moods and showing imagination in a marked degree. The story is quite fresh throughout, although the situation or situations very close to it have been used many times. The unusually high quality of the work comes chiefly from the almost faultless naturalness with which the story is led forward by the producer who astonishes us at times by the unconstrained way in which a group of figures in its scenes, with the perfect illusion of unconsciousness, affect each other. The ability to accomplish this is often considered to be the surest hallmark of a true dramatist, and even prized above clever plot construction. The camera work and the sets and backgrounds are perfect and add much interest to the story. We are shown the rather selfish society matron in financial straits, and her pretty daughter who has awakened the love of a middle aged, good man of wealth. We are now shown a glimpse of married life as these two found it, with heart-break ending in reconciliation. Beside these three characters, there is the younger man and many really human beings who perhaps enter the little sphere in which the story seems truly to live. - The Moving Picture World, May 4, 1912


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