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A Helpful Sisterhood (1914)

Mary, a poor but well-born girl, is invited to join a sorority club in the high school she attends, while her chum, Sophie, is ignored. Mary is flattered by the attention, accepts the ... See full summary »

Director:

Van Dyke Brooke

Writer:

Margaree P. Dryden (story)
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Norma Talmadge ... Mary
Mary Maurice ... Grandmother
Marie Weirman Marie Weirman ... Sophie
Marie Tener Marie Tener ... Louise
Mary Anderson ... Alice
Leo Delaney ... Detective
Van Dyke Brooke ... Mr. Vardon
Arthur Cozine Arthur Cozine ... John
Cortland Van Deusen Cortland Van Deusen ... Bert (as C. Van Deusen)
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Mary, a poor but well-born girl, is invited to join a sorority club in the high school she attends, while her chum, Sophie, is ignored. Mary is flattered by the attention, accepts the invitation and gradually drifts away from her former friends. The spirit of snobbishness and unrest enters her life, and in her attempt to keep up with her richer companions, who are purse-proud and pretentious, she changes from a lovable girl into a discontented one. A sorority dance is arranged and Mary, unable to pay the assessment for the dance, steals the amount from one of the members of the club, in order to keep up with her new associates. The other members are so self-centered they do not realize the influence of their false pretenses and mistaken ideas of true worth. They are entirely unaware of the demoralizing effects of their example. Having taken the first step, Mary is still further tempted when she finds a new gown for the dance to be an impossibility. While shopping with a club member, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Helpful (?) Sisterhood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Morality tale exploring false aspirations of society
17 June 2011 | by bbmtwistSee all my reviews

This is a very crudely made morality tale of a young college girl who is made a fuss of by a society sorority because she happens to have known a woman in society. She is very flattered and despite being in over her head in terms of financially keeping up with her wealthier sisters, she schemes how to do just that, stooping to theft.

There is a melodramatic twist and a happy ending. There are no close-ups, so Norma's performance is not as well documented as it might be in what is a juicy role for her.

The DVD print is fuzzy and washed out in part. This runs just under two complete reels (18 and a half minutes). One of 25 short films Norma would make in 1914.


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