The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady is a 1912 American short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Blanche Sweet. A print of the film survives.[1]

The Painted Lady
Directed byD. W. Griffith
Written byD. W. Griffith
StarringBlanche Sweet
CinematographyG. W. Bitzer
Distributed byBiograph Company
Release date
  • October 24, 1912 (1912-10-24)
Running time
12 minutes (18 frame/s)
CountryUnited States


The story as told by The Moving Picture News reads:The

The elder daughter has always been her father's favorite because of her strict adherence to his rigid precepts. The younger daughter is rather gay and frivolovis, though innocently so, and horrifies her elder sister when the latter catches her in the act of powdering and painting her face. To the mild reprimand of the elder daughter the younger exclaims, "Well, you have to do it if you want to be attractive." The strength of the assertion is proven at the church lawn festival, the younger sister being surrounded by a host of friends while the elder passes the time in almost absolute ostracism. However, a stranger appears at the festival who pretends to be attracted by the elder daughter, she, in turn, being surprised and flattered. This is for a sinister purpose, however, for the stranger is a crook. Under the pretense of affection for the girl he gains her confidence regarding her father's business affairs, and with the knowledge he has acquired, he attempts to rob the house. This attempt works disaster for himself and the girl.[2]


See also


  1. "Silent Era: The Painted Lady". silentera. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
  2. "Manufacturers' Synopses of Films". The Moving Picture News. New York: Cinematograph Publishing Company. October 26, 1912. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
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