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She Loves and Lies

She Loves and Lies
Directed byChester Withey
Written byGrant Cooper
Chester Withey
Based onshort story, She Loves and Lies, by Wilkie Collins writing in Romantic Tales c.1885
Produced byJoseph Schenck
StarringNorma Talmadge
Conway Tearle
CinematographyDavid Abel
Norma Talmadge Film Corporation
Distributed bySelect Pictures
Release date
  • January 1920 (1920-01)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

She Loves and Lies is a 1920 American silent comedy drama film directed by Chester Withey and starring Norma Talmadge, Conway Tearle, and Octavia Broske.[1]

An incomplete surviving print is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.[2][3]

The film had the working title Two Women.



As described in a film magazine,[4] Marie Callender (Talmadge) becomes engaged to a wealthy Lothario, but regrets it after Ernest Lismore (Tearle), who is in financial difficulties, rescues her from a burning building. She breaks the engagement but is left the wealthy man's fortune. Learning of Ernest's predicament, she poses as an elderly woman and proposes that Ernest marry her to save himself from financial ruin. He agrees, and after their marriage Marie poses as a painter in the bohemian quarter of the city to see if Ernest will love her. After several difficulties Marie removes her wig and Ernest happily discovers that she is the painter who won his heart.




  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: She Loves and Lies
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: She Loves and Lies at
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: She Loves and Lies
  4. ^ "Reviews: She Loves and Lies". Exhibitors Herald. 10 (18). New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company: 72. May 1, 1920. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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