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Should a Woman Tell? (1919)

A village girl, on a visit to the city of Boston, is taken advantage of by a man there, and returns to her home feeling sullied and ashamed. A young man who had once sought her hand returns... See full summary »

Director:

John Ince (as John E. Ince)

Writers:

Finis Fox (screenplay), Finis Fox (story)
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Cast overview:
Alice Lake ... Meta Maxon
Frank Currier ... Mr. Maxon
Jack Mulhall ... Albert Tuley
Nellie Anderson Nellie Anderson ... Mrs. Maxon (as Relyea Anderson)
Lydia Knott ... Clarissa Sedgwick
Don Bailey Don Bailey ... The Doctor
John Gilbert ... The Villain (as Jack Gilbert)
Richard Headrick Richard Headrick ... Maxon Boy
Carol Jackson Carol Jackson ... Maxon Girl
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A village girl, on a visit to the city of Boston, is taken advantage of by a man there, and returns to her home feeling sullied and ashamed. A young man who had once sought her hand returns from years away in Europe and reiterates his suit. She returns his love and agrees to marry him, but has difficulty telling him the truth about her mis adventure. When she finally does, his response seems to doom the pair to tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The fearful dilemma any girl may face! To lose his love by confiding? or to withhold the gnawing secret of her youth? How one girl met it is shown in SHOULD A WOMAN TELL? (Print Ad- Washington Herald, ((Washington, D.C.)) 11 January 1920) See more »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 December 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La rose messagère See more »

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Screen Classics Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The least of the Inces
16 December 2017 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

The description appears is entirely adequate and there is nothing of significance to add. This is the bog-standard product of the US "classic" realist style and exactly the kind of mediocre it was custom-made to mass-produce, cross-cutting to and fro in fine fashion, impeccably comprehensible, cute dog, cute kids, "picturesque poverty" (the telling phrase in Frances Marion's from a contemporary Mary Pickford film), all moderately pretty to watch, all moderately well acted, all moderately well filmed, exceedingly "talkative" with respect to intertitles, totally dull, one long predictable cliché from beginning to end.

I saw what may well be the only version to survive which lacks the first act but it is difficult to feel that it matters one wy or the other.


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