Hail the Woman

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Hail the Woman
Silver Sheet December 01 1921.pdf
Silver Sheet cover, colour
Directed by John Griffith Wray
Written by C. Gardner Sullivan
Produced by Thomas H. Ince
Cinematography Henry Sharp (*French Wikipedia)
Thomas H. Ince Productions
Distributed by Associated Producers
Release date
  • November 28, 1921 (1921-11-28) [1]
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Film still with Roberts and Vidor Hail the Woman (1921) - Roberts & Vidor.jpg
Film still with Roberts and Vidor

Hail the Woman is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by John Griffith Wray. Produced by Thomas Ince, it stars Florence Vidor as a woman who takes a stand against the hypocrisy of her father and brother, played by Theodore Roberts and Lloyd Hughes respectively.



Oliver Beresford is a controlling and uncompromisingly rigid father. When shameful stories about his daughter Judith surface, he bans her from his house. Her brother David is training for the ministry at his father's insistence, but he has secretly wed Nan Higgins, the stepdaughter of an odd-jobs man, and has fathered a child. Oliver Beresford, learning the truth, buys the silence of the odd-jobs man who then evicts the pregnant Nan from his home. Nan travels to New York where she becomes a prostitute after the baby is born. Seeking a career, Judith also goes to New York where she finds Nan and her baby just as the young woman is dying. Judith decides to raise the child, and later she returns to New England, on the day that David is to be ordained, and confronts him with the child in front of the congregation. [1]


Preservation status

Complete copies of the film survive. The Library of Congress holds a 35mm nitrate negative and a 35mm acetate master positive. The film is also preserved in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as in the Cinematheque Royale de Belgique in Brussels. [2]

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  1. 1 2 "Hail The Woman". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  2. David Pierce (March 7, 2016). "Hail the Woman/Florence Vidor (motion picture)". American Silent Film Survival Catalog. The Library of Congress.

Further reading

Sullivan, C. Gardner (2004). Synopsis and Continuity of Hail the Woman. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN   978-1-41793-1781.