The Woman Disputed

The Woman Disputed is a 1928 American silent film. Norma Talmadge stars as a good-hearted Austrian prostitute drawn into a romantic triangle on the eve of World War I. Based on a Denison Clift play, the nationalities of the characters had to be adjusted to satisfy official complaints registered with the MPPDA from the German government.[1]

The Woman Disputed
Theatrical poster
Directed byHenry King, Sam Taylor
Produced byJoseph M. Schenck Productions
Written byC. Gardner Sullivan
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • September 1928 (1928-09)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States

Released with a soundtrack of effects and synchronized music, this film is the end of Talmadge's career in silent films. She was separated from her husband and producer Schenck, would take the next year for vocal lessons,[2] appear in two talking films, then retire. A print exists in the Library of Congress film archive, and has been recently revived.

The plot draws in part on the 1880 short story "Boule de Suif" by French writer Guy de Maupassant.



  1. The Silent Cinema Reader By Lee Grieveson, Peter Krämer, page 323
  2. Silent Stars By Jeanine Basinger, page 156
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