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The Woman Under Oath (1919)

After a forward introduces the question of whether women are temperamentally suited for jury duty, Jim O'Neil, a young shipping clerk, is found holding a revolver over his dead employer, ... See full summary »

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John M. Stahl
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Cast

Cast overview:
Florence Reed ... Grace Norton
Hugh Thompson ... John Schuyler
Gareth Hughes ... Jim O'Neil
David Powell ... Edward Knox
Florida Kingsley Florida Kingsley ... Mrs. O'Neil
Mildred Cheshire Mildred Cheshire ... Helen
May McAvoy ... Edith Norton
Harold Entwistle Harold Entwistle ... The Judge
Tom McGuire ... District Attorney (as Thomas McGuire)
Walter McEwen Walter McEwen ... Defense Attorney
Edward Brennan Edward Brennan ... Clerk of the Court
Frank De Camp Frank De Camp ... Jury Foreman
Edward Elkas ... A Juror (as Edward Elkus)
Jane Jennings Jane Jennings
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After a forward introduces the question of whether women are temperamentally suited for jury duty, Jim O'Neil, a young shipping clerk, is found holding a revolver over his dead employer, Edward Knox. The celebrated novelist Grace Norton, selected to be on the jury at Jim's trial, becomes the first woman juror in New York. Although Jim pleads innocence, he refuses to elaborate until his sweetheart Helen testifies that Knox raped her when she pleaded for Jim, who was fired unjustly, to be reinstated. Jim testifies that he intended to kill Knox, but found him dead already. During an angry all-night deliberation, the jury remains deadlocked eleven-to-one, with Grace voting against a guilty verdict. In the morning, when she learns that her sister Edith has died, Grace confesses killing Knox for seducing Edith and failing to honor his promise of marriage. After the foreman reminds the jury of their oath to keep their proceedings secret, they agree not to reveal Grace's story, and vote to ... Written by Pamela Short

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One Woman- Eleven Men- A Girl's Good Name- A Boy's Life- The most gripping story of circumstantial evidence ever portrayed on the screen. (Print Ad- Los Angeles Evening Herald, 12 August 1919) See more »

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den edsvurna See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Elegantly Appointed Hokum
12 March 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

It's repeated depiction via flashback of the murder that places the heroine under oath prompts interesting comparisons with 'Rashomon'; but beneath its sleek, sophisticated veneer lies an increasingly overwrought and preposterous piece of hokum eventually resolved by such an outrageous coincidence that even the scriptwriter felt it necessary to have a character explain it as an act of God.


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