A Chapter in Her Life

A Chapter in Her Life (1923) is an American film based on the novel Jewel: A Chapter in Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham. The film was directed by Lois Weber. She had previously adapted the same novel as the 1915 film Jewel, which she co-directed (uncredited) with her then-husband and collaborator Phillips Smalley. Weber made this film shortly after her divorce from Smalley.

A Chapter in Her Life
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Directed byLois Weber
Produced byUniversal-Jewel
Written byDoris Schroeder
Lois Weber
Based onJewel: A Chapter in Her Life
by Clara Louise Burnham
StarringClaude Gillingwater
Jane Mercer
Jacqueline Gadsden
Robert Frazer
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September 17, 1923 (1923-09-17)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Jewel (Mercer) is a young granddaughter who stays with her grizzled, angry grandfather while her parents are overseas on business. Anger and squabbling amongst the family are brought to heel through love, understanding and the teachings of Christian Science through Jewel's pure sweet love for others and trust in Divine Love.[1]


Preservation status

  • Prints exist at Cineteca Del Friuli, George Eastman House, Library of Congress and BFI National Film and Television Archive.[2][3]


  1. Beauchamp, Cari;Without lying down: Frances Marion and the powerful women of early Hollywood; University of California Press, Berkeley, 1997; p. 149
  2. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..A Chapter in Her Life
  3. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.29 c.1978 by the American Film Institute

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