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.
Did You Know?
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
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.