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True Heart Susie (1919)

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 »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Marian Fremont (story)
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Cast

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
Clarine Seymour ... Bettina Hopkins
Kate Bruce ... Bettina's aunt
Carol Dempster ... Bettina's friend
Raymond Cannon Raymond Cannon ... Sporty Malone
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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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The Story of a Plain Girl

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1919 (USA) See more »

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The Story of a Plain Girl See more »

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D.W. Griffith Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Lillian Gish's performance was fabulous
9 May 2011 | by cocomarievSee all my reviews

"True Heart Susie" was one of my favorite silent films that I watched during my class. This cute love story follows the lives of William and Susie. By the end of the film I found myself loving Lillian Gish's character (Susie). She sacrifices a lot in order to win William's heart over. I thought that Lillian Gish did a fabulous job throughout the entire movie. In the beginning of the film, Susie (Lillian Gish) tried to kiss William (Robert Harron) in a number of scenes and both characters did a wonderful job at creating awkward moments. I thought they did a fabulous job at making the audience feel uncomfortable as we watched Susie repeatedly getting denied by William. Griffith did a wonderful job at capturing Susie's emotion throughout the movie. The close up shots that were taken really enhanced emotion throughout the film and I found myself feeling genuinely sorry for her. During the movie, we hope and expect that Susie and William end up together, but when William meets Betty our prediction of the movie changes. The movie ends rather dramatically and unexpectedly which I favored because we always assume that endings are happy. This was the only silent film that I have watched where I felt connected to one of the characters. Lillian Gish did such a good job at grabbing the audiences attention through her facial expressions that I found myself hating Betty and feeling extremely sad when her and William got married. I don't think Griffith could have chosen a better actress to play Susie. I would definitely recommend watching this movie just to see Gish's performance. Griffith did a fabulous job at making this a sweet yet unexpected love story that captured my attention fabulously. If you're going to watch a silent film, I would definitely say that this is the one to watch!


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