True Heart Susie,
The Story of a Plain Girl
B&W : Six reels / 6213 feet
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cast: Lillian Gish [Susie May Trueheart], Robert Harron [William Jenkins], Wilbur Higby [his father], Loyola O’Connor [Susie’s aunt], Clarine Seymour [Bettina Hopkins], Kate Bruce [her aunt], Carol Dempster [Bettina’s friend], George Fawcett [the ‘four-flusher’ stranger], Raymond Cannon [Sporty Malone]
D.W. Griffith production; distributed by Artcraft Pictures Corporation [Griffith’s Short Story Series; Artcraft Pictures]. / Produced by D.W. Griffith. Scenario by Marian Fremont, from a screen story by Marian Fremont. Photographed (cinematography) by G.W. Bitzer. Camera operator, Karl Brown. Edited by James Smith. / © 4 June 1919 by D.W. Griffith [LP13810]. Premiered 1 June 1919 at the Mark Strand Theatre in New York, New York. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format.
Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive]; and in the National Film Archive of the British Film Institute film archive (H.A.V. Bulleid collection) [35mm nitrate positive (acquired 1940s), 35mm fine-grain acetate preservation negative].
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Animals: Cats (Kittens), Cows - Death - Illness - Letters - Lies - Transportation: Automobiles
Listing updated: 24 September 2013.
References: Film credits, film viewing : Bardèche-History pp. 105, 106; Barry-Griffith pp. 5, 56, 58, 61; Bohn-Light p. 60; Everson-American pp. 113, 158, 164, 277, 370; Fell-History pp. 56, 71-72, 73, 74; Gallagher-Ford p. 27; Leyda-Before p. 44; Limbacher-Feature p. 259; Sarris-Sternberg p. 6; Shipman-Cinema p. 66; Vermilye-Twenties p. 215; Weaver-Twenty p. 146 : ClasIm-224 p. 38 : Website-AFI : with additional information provided by David Shepard.
Home video: DVD.