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 ...
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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 <email@example.com>
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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