Review: ‘True Heart Susie’

The production, in a screen foreword, is dedicated to 'the plain woman'. It pans the paint-and-powder girls, and then goes right ahead and shows how the paint-and-powder ladies snare the men, while the real true-hearted, but plain and unbeautiful ones are left in the lurch.

The production, in a screen foreword, is dedicated to ‘the plain woman’. It pans the paint-and-powder girls, and then goes right ahead and shows how the paint-and-powder ladies snare the men, while the real true-hearted, but plain and unbeautiful ones are left in the lurch.

To relate his story, Griffith took Lillian Gish for the role of plain little country girl and Robert Harron as the ‘boy across the road’. There is an early love affair and the girl sacrifices part of her farm to send the boy to college. On his return he falls in love with a milliner from Chicago and marries her.

She leads him a decidedly merry life and slips out on an evening or two to do a little stepping with the boys.

The story in itself is one that embraces all of the elementals of successful comedy drama. It carries a role of tremendous sympathy in True Heart Susie, which Gish portrays most successfully.

Griffith has handled the picture in the same masterly way that he usually has things done. The idea of fading out at the end of the picture, with a cut-back to the second reel, is a novelty in itself. The comedy elements are splendidly handled, and there are any number of real laughs in the action.

True Heart Susie

Production

Artcraft. Director D.W. Griffith; Producer D.W. Griffith; Screenplay D.W. Griffith, Marion Fremont; Camera Billy Bitzer; Editor James E. Smith

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1919. Running time: 72 MIN.

With

Lillian Gish Loyola O'Connor Robert Harron Wilber Higby Clarine Seymour Kate Bruce
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