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True Heart Susie (1919)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 June 1919 (USA)
Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


Marian Fremont (story)




Cast overview:
Lillian Gish ... True Heart Susie
Robert Harron ... William Jenkins
Wilbur Higby Wilbur Higby ... William's Father
Loyola O'Connor Loyola O'Connor ... Susie's Aunt
George Fawcett ... The Stranger / The 'Four-Flusher'
Clarine Seymour ... Bettina Hopkins
Kate Bruce ... Bettina's Aunt
Carol Dempster ... Bettina's Friend
Raymond Cannon ... Sporty Malone


Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his knowledge. Eventually he rises to a position of success and sophistication, and Susie realizes that she has through her own efforts raised him to a level where he is inaccessible to her. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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-is it worth while to sacrifice happiness for the sake of forbidden pleasure? (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier, ((Buffalo NY)) 6 July 1919) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Queen Alexandra's favorite film. See more »


The doorknob on the front door of William and Bettina's house changes from the right side (during the storm) to the left side (afterwards). See more »


William Jenkins: You see those two, painted and powdered? Men flirt with that kind, but they marry the plain and simple ones.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.4 (2011) See more »

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Gish at Her Best
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

True Heart Susie (1919)

*** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith's classic that asks if a man would take a plain, sweet girl over a pretty, make up wearing bad girl. In the film, Susie (Lillian Gish) and William (Robert Harron) are the best of friends but both have other feelings but he doesn't quite get it. William is too poor to go to college so Susie, keeping it a secret from him, sells her beloved cow Daisy so that he can go. When William returns Susie hopes that he will marry her but a city girl (Clarine Seymour) moves in on him. Will William see his faults and learn who sent him to college before it's too late? Griffith owed a lot of people money so he rushed this film into production so he could get it into theaters as quick as he could. The final results are a sweet and lighthearted film but certainly not one of the director's classics. The best thing to the film are the performances by the three leads with Gish stealing the show with her terrific facial gestures, which can display any sort of emotion. Seymour is also very good in her role and Griffith's lover, Carol Dempster, is also on hand. The film is overflowing with Griffith's Southern values of working women and also his hatred of high class women, which is certainly a fault in the film as the city girl is shown pretty one dimensional. With the drama also comes some nice, quiet moments like the one where Susie and William want to kiss but he's too scared to go ahead with it.

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1 June 1919 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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