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The Power of a Lie

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The Power of a Lie
Directed byGeorge Archainbaud
Screenplay byCharles Kenyon
Based onThe Power of a Lie
by Johan Bojer
StarringMabel Julienne Scott
David Torrence
Maude George
Ruby Lafayette
Earl Metcalfe
June Elvidge
CinematographyCharles J. Stumar
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 24, 1922 (1922-12-24) (Chicago)
  • January 7, 1923 (1923-01-07) (United States)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Power of a Lie is a 1922 American drama film directed by George Archainbaud and written by Charles Kenyon. It is based on the 1908 novel The Power of a Lie by Johan Bojer. The film stars Mabel Julienne Scott, David Torrence, Maude George, Ruby Lafayette, Earl Metcalfe, and June Elvidge. The film was released on January 7, 1923, by Universal Pictures.[1][2][3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Richard Burton (Metcalfe), engaged to Betty (Scott), the sister of his friend John Hammond (Torrence), has led a drunken and generally dissipated existence. Despite his wife Joan's (George) injunction to let Richard shift for himself, John resolves to give Richard a final chance to become respectful. He endorses Richard's note for $10,000 to let the latter start an architectural business. Richard hopes that by hard work and success to win back Betty, who has broken their engagement. Betty's determination to drop Richard is the result of her reading of a wild orgy in which he took part. John was also present at the occasion as that was when he endorsed Richard's note. In order to shield his reputation, John evades his wife's question regarding the financial aid given Richard and denies that he was at the party. John's lie leads to a big social scandal with Richard branded as a forger, and a number of complications result. One lie leads to another, and it is not until a trial takes place that vindicates Richard is the tangle straightened out. Richard reestablishes himself in Betty's favor.



With no copies of The Power of a Lie located in any film archives, it is a lost film.[5]


  1. ^ "The Power of a Lie (1923) - Overview". Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Janiss Garza. "Power of a Lie (1922) - George Archainbaud". AllMovie. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Power of a Lie". Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Power of a Lie: Universal Photoplay in Five Parts". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (8): 422. January 20, 1923.
  5. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: The Power of a Lie
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