The Woman on the Jury

The Woman on the Jury is a lost 1924 American silent drama film produced and released by Associated First National and directed by Harry Hoyt. It is based on a Broadway stage play, The Woman on the Jury,[2][3] and stars Sylvia Breamer and Bessie Love. The story was refilmed in 1929 as an early talkie under the title The Love Racket starring Dorothy Mackaill.[4][5][6]

The Woman on the Jury
Directed byHarry O. Hoyt
Written byMary O'Hara (scenario)
Based onThe Woman on the Jury (play)
by Bernard K. Burns
StarringSylvia Breamer
Frank Mayo
Lew Cody
Bessie Love
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Edited byLeroy Stone
Distributed byAssociated First National
Release date
  • April 20, 1924 (1924-04-20)
Running time
7 reels; 7,408 feet[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


The film was primarily shot at night so that the cast and crew could work on other films during the day.[7]


In the Adirondacks, notorious philanderer George Montgomery (Cody) is murdered, and his former sweetheart Grace (Love) is put on trial. Betty Brown (Breamer) and her husband Fred Masters (Mayo) both serve on the jury. When the defendant is nearly wrongfully convicted, Betty reveals her own history with the murder victim—that she once had been in love with him and tried to kill him—proves that the defendant is innocent.[1][8][9][10]



The film received generally positive reviews,[10] and Breamer's performance was particularly well-reviewed.[1]


  1. "The Woman on the Jury". The Film Daily. Vol. 28 no. 47. May 25, 1924. p. 10.
  2. Goble, Alan (ed.). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. p. 64.
  3. "Mr. Hornblow Goes to the Play". Theatre Magazine. Vol. 38 no. 271. October 1923. p. 16.
  4. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Woman on the Jury". Silent Era.
  5. Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. p. 919. OCLC 664500075.
  6. "The Woman on the Jury, Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre (8/15/1923 – circa. 10/1923)". Internet Broadway Database.
  7. Love, Bessie (May 12, 1966). "Moonlighting for Sundown". The Christian Science Monitor. p. 8.
  8. "The Shadow Stage". Photoplay. Vol. 26 no. 3. August 1924. p. 51.
  9. Motion Picture News Booking Guide. October 1924. p. 59.
  10. Pardy, George T. (May 24, 1924). "Box Office Reviews". Exhibitors Trade Review. p. 52.

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