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The Woman and the Puppet (1920 film)

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The Woman and the Puppet
1920 advertisement for film
Directed byReginald Barker
Written byPierre Frondaie (play)
J. G. Hawks
Pierre Louÿs (novel La femme et le pantin)
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
StarringGeraldine Farrar
Lou Tellegen
CinematographyPercy Hilburn (French)
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • April 4, 1920 (1920-04-04)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Woman and the Puppet is a 1920 American silent film starring Geraldine Farrar and Lou Tellegen that was directed by Reginald Barker and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.


Based upon a review in a film publication,[1] Don Mateo (Tellegen) attempts to bribe the mother (Dione) of Concha Perez (Farrar) so that he can use her as his toy, but Concha leaves and becomes a cigarette girl who dances at a wharf cafe. When Don Mateo discovers her there dancing for some Englishmen, he no longer believes that she is the virtuous maiden who spurned his advances.

Concha convinces him that his suspicions are wrong and unwarranted. The Don is a conceited person used to adulation of senoritas, and when Concha leads him on a chase and vamps him, he becomes enraptured. The lovers then have a series of quarrels, jealousies, and other mishaps until they reach a final understanding.


Preservation status

This film is extant in several film archives.[2]


  1. ^ "The Woman and the Puppet: Single Track Idea Overwhelmed by Romance". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (17): 3557. April 17, 1920. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  2. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Woman and the Puppet

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