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The Necklace (1909)

Miss Louise Leroque was one of those charming young ladies, born, as if through an error of destiny, into a family of clerks, and after she married John Kendrick, she suffered an incessant ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


Frank E. Woods, Guy de Maupassant (novel)




Credited cast:
Rose King Rose King ... Harriet Leroque Kendrick
Herbert Prior ... John Kendrick
Caroline Harris Caroline Harris ... Owner of Necklace (unconfirmed)
Mary Pickford ... The Maid / In Pawnshop
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Servant / Loan Clerk
Frank Powell ... Employer / Party Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... In Pawnshop
Charles Inslee
Arthur V. Johnson ... In Pawnshop / Doctor / Party Guest
James Kirkwood ... Party Guest
Florence Lawrence
Stephanie Longfellow Stephanie Longfellow
David Miles ... Party Guest
Owen Moore ... In Jewelry Store / Party Guest
Lottie Pickford


Miss Louise Leroque was one of those charming young ladies, born, as if through an error of destiny, into a family of clerks, and after she married John Kendrick, she suffered an incessant yearning for all those delicacies and luxuries she felt were her due. John was a bighearted, indulgent husband whose every thought was for his wife's happiness, and while Louise was a devoted wife, still there was the strain of selfishness ever apparent, for she who studies her glass neglects her heart. She yearned for ostentation, and poor John was in no position to appease this desire. However, an occasion presents itself when they can at least bask in the radiance of the social limelight, in an invitation to attend a reception tendered a foreign prince. John is in the height of elation, hut Louise meets him with that time-honored remark, "I've nothing to wear." Well, he feels the strength of her argument, so goes and pawns his watch and chain to procure her a gown fitting for the occasion. The ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 July 1909 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This film is posted online to the Library of Congress' National Screening Room. See more »


Version of Yichuan zhenzhu (1926) See more »

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De Maupassant
29 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Herbert Prior and his wife, Rose King, have been invited to an elegant party. They buy new clothes and, show off their appearance to their neighbor, Caroline Harris, who lends Rose her expensive-looking necklace. When they return from the party, they are reminiscing, when Rose realizes the necklace is missing. What to do?

It's a heartfelt and well-acted movie based on a de Maupassant story, about honest people in an unkind world, Given the source, Griffith presents it without much adornment, albeit updated to 1910.

Miss King was a stage and vaudeville performer who was appearing for a year in the flickers. Mr. Prior, on the other hand, was a well-regarded screen actor, who moved from one company to another: Griffith, Edison, Majestic... he seems to have peaked within a few years. By 1925, he was appearing in uncredited bits. He retired from the screen in 1934 and died 20 years later, far from his native England

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