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Miss Lulu Bett (1921)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | November 1921 (USA)
A once-timid young woman gains newfound confidence after a failed marriage, much to the chagrin of her miserable family.

Writers:

Clara Beranger (adaptation), Zona Gale (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lois Wilson ... Lulu Bett
Milton Sills ... Neil Cornish
Theodore Roberts ... Dwight Deacon
Helen Ferguson ... Diana Deacon
Mabel Van Buren ... Ina Deacon
Mae Giraci Mae Giraci ... Monona Deacon (as May Giraci)
Clarence Burton Clarence Burton ... Ninian Deacon
Ethel Wales ... Grandma Bett
Taylor Graves Taylor Graves ... Bobby Larkin
Charles Ogle ... Station Agent
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Storyline

Wlliam deMille produced and directed Miss Lulu Bett, a film of extraordinary conviction and insight. It was then often the custom for unmarried women to lodge with family; thus we discover Miss Lulu in a boring Midwestern town, an exploited household drudge for her sister and her overbearing brother-in-law. In the course of the story (based upon the Pulitzer Prize play and novel by Zona Gale), Lulu evolves from slavery into an attractive and self-assured woman, prepared to make her own life. Revealed through wonderful performances and clever use of props, the characters are extraordinarily solid and involving. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

November 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lulu's friare See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Zona Gale re-wrote her novel into a play, which was first produced by Brock Pemberton at the Belmont Theater, NY. The premiere took place on 27 December, 1921. The following cast was featured: Carroll McComas as Lulu Bett, William Holden as Dwight Deacon, Catherine Doucet as Ina Deacon (billed as Catherine Calhoun Doucet), Jack Lionel Bohn as Bobby Larkin (billed as Jack Bohn), Willard Robertson as Neil Cornish, Louise Closser Hale as Miss Bett (misspelled as Louis Closser Hale), and Brigham Royce as Ninian Deacon, plus Lois Shore as Manona Deacon and Beth Varden as Diana Deacon. It ran for 198 performances and won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. See more »

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Introductory Title: The greatest tragedy in the world, because it is the most frequent, is that of a human soul caught in the toils of the commonplace. This happens in many homes where family ties, which could be bonds of love, have become iron fetters of dependence.
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One of the best silent films
9 July 2017 | by sfdphdSee all my reviews

Miss Lulu Bett is on my list of top ten silent films. Classic must-see.

This film documents the life of single women doomed to be servants of their families until they are able to escape by marriage. Coming out in 1921, it shows the ways women's lives were constrained within the home. Interesting to see how the privileged wife and the privileged mother treat the single woman like a slave, treating her no better than the man of the house. Their attitude is so condescending and cruel. They show no compassion.

Unfortunately, these attitudes are not completely outdated today nearly 100 years later.


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