The Telephone Girl and the Lady
|The Telephone Girl and the Lady|
|Directed by||D. W. Griffith|
|Written by||Edward Acker|
|Cinematography||G. W. Bitzer|
|Distributed by||Biograph Company|
General Film Company
|17 minutes (16 frame/s)|
A telephone operator is walking out with a handsome police sergeant; her father insists that the husband for her is a plump, comfortable grocery store owner. The Lady picks up her jewels from the jewellery and brings them home, followed by a jewel thief on a stolen bicycle. She puts them in her safe, and goes to give the telephone girl a present of a necklace in thanks for her work. As the Lady answers the telephone and accepts the Telephone Girl's effusive thanks, the door creaks open – it is the masked thief! She tells the girl on the other end of the line that she's being robbed. While the thief grills the lady, the telephone girl calls the police, but there's a riot and calls about that prevent her getting through. She runs out of the exchange and spots the sergeant conveniently riding by. He lifts her onto his horse and they gallop to the rescue. Meanwhile, with an implicit rape threat the thief has forced the lady to reveal the safe concealed behind a picture. Just in time, the sergeant bursts in as the thief escapes with the jewels. After a rousing fight, helped by the feisty telephone girl and neighbours including a lady in a huge hat, the sergeant drags away the thief. The lady rewards the sergeant and the lovers fall into each other's arms.
- Mae Marsh as The Telephone Girl
- Claire McDowell as The Lady
- Alfred Paget as The Telephone Girl's Sweetheart
- Walter P. Lewis as The Father
- Harry Carey as The Thief
- John T. Dillon as The Grocery Man
- Madge Kirby as The Telephone Operator
- Joseph McDermott as The Jewelry Salesman
- Kate Bruce as The Lady's Friend
- Gertrude Bambrick as The Maid
- Lionel Barrymore as The Desk Sergeant
- Charles Hill Mailes
The film was prepared by Griffith and shot by his assistant, Tony O'Sullivan.
Film historian William K. Everson noted that the film made use of a moving camera in "some extremely good running inserts" and a "well-done fight between Paget and villain Harry Carey at the climax", but offered that the film did not have a good flow due to its awkward cuts and overuse of devices intended to prolong suspense.