The Lie (1918 film)

The Lie is a 1918 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Artcraft Pictures, an affiliate of Paramount. J. Searle Dawley directed and stage star Elsie Ferguson starred in a story based on a 1914 play by Henry Arthur Jones and starring Margaret Illington. The film is now lost.[1][2][3]

The Lie
Still with Elsie Ferguson, Betty Howe, and David Powell
Directed byJ. Searle Dawley
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Written byCharles Maigne (scenario)
Based onThe Lie
by Henry Arthur Jones
StarringElsie Ferguson
CinematographyH. Lyman Broening
Distributed byArtcraft Pictures
Release date
  • April 14, 1918 (1918-04-14)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



Like many American films of the time, The Lie was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors issued an Adults Only permit for the film.[4]

See also


  1. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  2. The Lie as produced on Broadway at the Harris Theatre, December 24, 1914 to May 1915, 172 performances;
  3. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Lie
  4. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (19): 31. May 4, 1918.

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