George Gebhardt and Florence Lawrence


Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by         Billy Bitzer
Starring                             Florence Lawrence, George Gebhardt, Arthur V. Johnson, Gladys Egan, Mack Sennett
Release date                      October 23, 1908
Country                             United States
Running time                    13 m.


"Romance of a Jewess" is a short drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of two of our stars: actress Florence Lawrence and cinematographer Billy Bitzer. Arthur Johnson has a small part as a bookstore customer.


Florence Lawrence rejects her father's choice for her husband in favor of the man she loves. Her father loses control, kicks her out of his house and banishes her from his sight.  Years later the old man realizes his mistake and wants to make amends, but it is too late.

Reviewers in IMDB mention that Florence Lawrence's man is an Indian and this is the reason for her father's rejection.  However, there are no title cards supporting this hypothesis.

We trust that silent film lovers will not judge harshly the quality of the print.  Many early D.W. Griffith films are only available in a paper print format, and we are all very lucky that they have survived the trials of time for us to enjoy.



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   George Gebhardt and Florence Lawrence