A Lady and her Maid

USA 1913, silent, 13' | Director Bert Angeles | Screenplay Beta Breuil | Cast Norma Talmadge, Florence Radinoff, Hughie Mack, Kate Price, James Morrison, Flora Finch, Lilian Walker | Production Vitagraph | Distribution EYE Film Instituut Nederland

Two comic ugly ducklings, Belinda and Miss Ophelia, turn into gorgeous swans. Norma Talmadge, who would later become a dignified superstar, offers here an enchanting Pippi Longstocking.
In 1913, Vitagraph produced a series of comedies which starred the female duo of Belinda (Norma Talmadge) and Miss Ophelia (Florence Radinoff) and which was scripted by Beta Breuil. Five titles are still extant: Belinda the Slavey, Sleuthing, Omens and Oracles, A Lady and Her Maid and Count Barber (all 1913).


Norma Talmadge (1893-1957), the oldest and most successful of the three Talmadge sisters began at Vitagraph in 1910 and got her first big parts in 1913. In the decade from 1917 to 1927, she was an absolute superstar and also ran her own production company, Norma Talmadge Productions, with her husband Joseph Schenk as producer.

Of Florence Radinoff by contrast, little is known: a year of birth (1901), which is obviously wrong; her film roles from 1912 to 1917; and the fact that she published a handbook on scriptwriting in 1913, namely, The Photoplaywright’s Handy Textbook (Manhattan Motion Picture Institute, 78 pp 1913).

Bert Angeles
Silent Film, Short Film
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