A String of Pearls (1912)

A poor young man is seriously ill, but his rich employer won't help him. Instead he spends a fortune on a pearl necklace for his wife. The poor man recovers with the help of his kindly ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Bernard ... The Poor Woman
Charles West Charles West ... The Poor Woman's Brother - the Neurasthenic Worker (as Charles H. West)
Kate Bruce ... The Poor Woman's Mother
Blanche Sweet ... The Brother's Sweetheart
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... The Brother's Sweetheart's Father
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... The Italian Shoemaker
Claire McDowell ... The Italian Shoemaker's Wife
Ynez Seabury ... The Italian Shoemaker's Daughter
Edward Dillon ... The Sour Neighbor / At Millionaire's Banquet
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... The Sour Neighbor's Wife
Robert Harron ... The Neighbor with Unbuttoned Cuffs
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Doctor
Dell Henderson ... The Millionaire
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... The Millionaire's Wife
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Rich Doctor


A poor young man is seriously ill, but his rich employer won't help him. Instead he spends a fortune on a pearl necklace for his wife. The poor man recovers with the help of his kindly neighbors while the rich man's wife becomes sick and dies, with the useless necklace by her side. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 March 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Charles in Charge: A Sting of Pearls (1989) See more »

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The picture tells an interesting but very slight story
10 October 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture of contrasts whose purpose seems to be to show something of how a tenement house is organized on its human side. What we mean will be much dearer to those who see the picture. Life is an organism; we are in truth one. All of us can see ourselves in others; even the rich man of the picture, the man who paid a quarter of a million for the string of pearls, could do that. He said, "I have worked for my money, let them do so." On the other hand, it needs some humanizing experience to make us recognize others in ourselves, to make us sympathetic. Hard luck is very apt to do this. That is why the poor are charitable to the poor. It was on the thread of human sympathy that the spiritual pearls of the tenement were strung. The picture shows these in contrast with the material pearls owned by the rich man's wife. The connection between these poor people and the rich man is in that he is their employer. The scenes keep changing from the one to the other. The picture tells an interesting but very slight story. It is a suggestive picture; it is meant to stimulate thought, and on that account it may seem slow to many, although three or four characterizations among the poor people keep it very much alive. It is, in fact, a modern interpretation of the parable of Dives. We fear to wholly commend it to exhibitors as a sure, drawing feature; but to spectators we most heartily commend it as a big, worthy picture, one well worth going some distance to see. The photographs are fine. - The Moving Picture World, March 23, 1912

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