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Florence La Badie
Directed by Ernest C. Warde
Produced by Thanhouser Film Corporation
Scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan, from the novel The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Starring Florence La Badie, Richard R. Neill
Cinematography William M. Zollinger
Distributed by Pathé Exchange, Incorporated
Release date July 1, 1917
Running time 1 hour, 8 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film, English intertitles
This film is part of our series 'Hidden Gems'. It can be watched by registered users who make a donation. For more details, please click here.
"The Woman in White" (1917) is a drama, included in our program to illustrate the work and contributions of our star Florence La Badie. She died just three months after the film's release as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. She was only 29.
Florence La Badie plays two roles in the film - one is Ann, a sick girl who escapes from an insane asylum, and the other is Laura, the heiress of a large estate nearby.
Laura is an orphaned girl, raised by her uncle. According to her wishes, she gets an arts teacher and they seem attracted to each other. One day, however, Laura receives a telegram that a man by the name of Glyde is arriving next morning. The arts teacher learns that the dying wish of Laura's father was that she marry Glyde. Despondent, the teacher resigns and leaves. Laura is heartbroken as well, because she does not love her future husband.
Laura asks Glyde to release her from the engagement, to no avail. Then she gets a note from the sick girl warning her that Glyde is not the man he appears to be. He brushes off the note as unimportant and eventually they become man and wife.
They return from honeymoon in the company of a certain doctor. We learn that Glyde and the doctor are hatching a plot against Laura. Then the sick girl meets Laura and again warns her to distrust her husband. The doctor, who is constantly spying on Laura, witnesses the encounter. He then meets Glyde and tells him that the sick girl and his wife look very much alike, and that he has a plan. The conspirators' intentions receive a boost when the sick girl dies and Glyde's secret, which she wanted to share with Laura, appears to be gone forever.
A special acknowledgement
Let's all give our thanks to Ned Thanhouser for the outstanding work he has done for the past 25+ years in archives around the globe to acquire and publish on DVD and online Thanhouser films starring Florence La Badie.
You can learn about Ned Thanhouser's new documentary and watch free online full length videos of surviving Thanhouser films featuring other stars here:
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The Woman in White
Florence La Badie is the sick girl who escapes from the insane asylum in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie is the sick girl hiding from persecutors in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie is Laura, the heiress of a large estate, who meets her arts teacher Wayne Arey in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie and Wayne Arey like each other in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie meets her future husband Richard Neill in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie does not like Richard Neill in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie does not love Richard Neill in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie is unhappy, because she is forced into a loveless marriage in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie wants the engagement with Richard Neill cancelled in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie pleads Richard Neill to annul the engagement in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie can't get Richard Neill to cancel the engagement in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie is forced into a loveless marriage with Richard Neill by her father's last wish in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie gets a warning not to trust her future husband in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Arthur Bauer and Richard Neill conspire in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie is consoled by her half sister in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie listens to the sick girl as Arthur Bauer spies on her in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie gets another warning from the sick girl in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie listens to the sick girl in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie is scared by her husband in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie talks to a nurse in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie is hugged by her half sister in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie meets the sick girl's mother in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie talks to the sick girl's mother in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie is distressed to see her husband injured in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie sits by Richard Neill's bed in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie is consoled by Wayne Arey in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie and Wayne Arey share a moment in "The Woman in White" (1917).
Florence La Badie and Richard R. Neill
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