The Law and the Woman

The Law and the Woman is a lost[1] 1922 American silent drama film directed by Penrhyn Stanlaws and starring Betty Compson. This film is a version of Clyde Fitch's play The Woman in the Case and a remake of a 1916 silent version The Woman in the Case starring Pauline Frederick. Jesse Lasky produced.[2][3]

The Law and the Woman
Still with Betty Compson and Cleo Ridgely
Directed byPenrhyn Stanlaws
Produced byFamous Players-Lasky
Jesse Lasky
Written byAlbert S. Le Vino (scenario)
Based onThe Woman in the Case
by Clyde Fitch
CinematographyKarl Struss
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 22, 1922 (1922-01-22)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Phil Long (Ferguson) returns from Paris after becoming engaged to the notorious vampire Clara Foster (Ridgely). She had previously ensnared Julian Rolfe (Carleton), who is now happily married to Margaret (Compson). Phil is Julian's ward and, because he is wealthy, Clara is determined to marry him. Phil and Julian quarrel over the matter in Clara's apartment and later Phil is found dead in one of the rooms. Julian is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. By assuming the character of a woman of Clara Foster's type, Margaret secures a confession from Clara, who turns out to be the actual murderer. In dramatic fashion, Julian is saved from execution in the electric chair by just moments.



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