The Woman Thou Gavest Me

The Woman Thou Gavest Me is a 1919 silent film directed by Hugh Ford and starring Jack Holt, Katherine MacDonald and Milton Sills. It was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Famous Players-Lasky and Paramount Pictures.[1] The film is based on the 1913 controversial novel The Woman Thou Gavest Me by Hall Caine, adapted for the screen by Beulah Marie Dix. A song of the same name with words and music by Al Piantadosi promoted the film.[2]

The Woman Thou Gavest Me
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Directed byHugh Ford
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byBeulah Marie Dix
Based onThe Woman Thou Gavest Me
by Hall Caine
StarringJack Holt
Katherine MacDonald
CinematographyWilliam Marshall
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
May 25, 1919
Running time
6 reels
LanguageSilent..English titles



Daniel McNeill swears to take revenge on his landlord Lord Raa for the humiliation Raa had inflicted on him during his childhood. Years later, after making his fortune, McNeill buys Raa's castle and marries his young daughter, Mary to the profligate heir to the Raa title. The married couple leave on their honeymoon, but Mary lives with her husband in name only. Raa refuses to give her a divorce because he would lose all claim to the McNeil fortune.

Mary meets Martin Conrad, an old sweetheart of hers. While Raa entertains an affinity in India, she and Martin find themselves thrown together in Africa. Conrad, an explorer, leaves on an Antarctic voyage. Pregnant, Mary seeks a secluded spot in southern France for the birth, refusing to live with her husband. When Mary's father insists that she return to Lord Raa she tells him the child is Conrad's.

After learning that Conrad had been lost on the expedition a penniless Mary returns to London where she turns to prostitution to make money to care for her child. The first man she approaches is Conrad who has been searching for her.[3]


This film is lost[4]


  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:The Woman Thou Gavest Me
  2. "Song Written for Play". Akron Evening News. 14 Aug 1919. p. 8.
  3. "The Woman Thou Gavest Me". Nashville Tennessean. United States. 17 Jun 1919. p. 14. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..The Woman Thou Gavest Me

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