The Innocent Lie (1916)

Valentine Grant and William Courtleigh, Jr. in THE INNOCENT LIE (1916)

Caption: "Love enters the hearts of the supposed cousins."
Valentine Grant and William Courtleigh, Jr.

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Helen Lindroth, Frank Losee, William Courleigh, Jr., and Valentine Grant in THE INNOCENT LIE (1916)

Caption: "Won't you stay with us always, Nora dear?"
Helen Lindroth, Frank Losee, William Courtleigh, Jr., and Valentine Grant. The child actor is unknown.

Valentine Grant in THE INNOCENT LIE (1916)

Caption: "The injured Nora is brought by mistake to the Winters' home."
Helen Lindroth, unknown, and Valentine Grant

Valentine Grant in THE INNOCENT LIE (1916)

Caption: "Young Winters saves Nora and her brothers."
William Courtleigh Jr. (in hat) and Valentine Grant

Valentine Grant in THE INNOCENT LIE (1916)

Caption: "Young Winters persuades his supposed cousin to remain."
William Courtleigh, Jr., Valentine Grant, and unknown


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"The Innocent Lie," the latest Famous Players-Paramount production appearing at Pitts' Leader tonight was staged in Bermuda, under the personal direction of Sidney Olcott with Miss Valentine Grant in the stellar role of Nora O'Brien, a poor Irish immigrant. The story is as follows:

Nora O'Brien is intrusted (sic) with a message from a Nora Owen to a certain Mrs. Winters, a sister of the late Mrs. Own. Nora has Mrs. Winters' address on a card and proceeds to find the residence upon her arrival in New York from Ireland. She becomes the victim of foul play and is identified as Mrs. Winters' niece by the card in her pocket. Believing Nora to be her niece Mrs. Winters take the injured girl home. Upon recovering, Nora asserts her mistaken identity but is discredited by the Winters family, who are convinced that she is the genuine Nora. Later she is happy to think that her story was not believed, for she becomes a beloved member of the family. Her daring rescue of Teddy, the younges of the two sons from asphyxiation, wins their hearts. Time passes and her love for Egan, one of the sons, grows as his does for her. But Nora's brother, Pat, a disreputable chauffeur, woms his way into the Winters' household, and upsets the lovers' plans. Recognizing his sister he tries to persuade her to assist him in robbing the house. This discussion takes place in Nora's room and before Pat's departure he relieves her of valuable gifts from the Winters, dropping, however, Mrs. Winters' meshbag in his haste, and thus throwing suspicion on Nora. Nora dons her old clothes and leaves the house. She is observed by Egan, who follows her to Pat's headquarters in the slums. Disgusted at the turn of events, Egan returns home. Love still burns in his heart and returns to find Nora in a group of insulting drunkards. Without delay he plunges into the crowd and a fight ensues. With the aid of a revolver snatched from the salonkeeper (sic), Egan escapes with Nora. A letter from Nora Owen Stewart greets their arrival and the misunderstanding is all straightened out.

There is much scenic beauty in this unusual Famous Player-Paramount Picture, and many episodes of great dramatic and emotional strength.

-- The Daily Star, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA, June 6, 1917



Miss Valentine Grant, the charming film star, makes her debut under the Famous Players banner on the Paramount program in "The Innocent Lie," a remarkable story by Lois Zellner today and tomorrow at the Crystal. Miss Grant portrays the characted (sic) of Nora O'Brien, a poor Irish emigrant, who on her arrival in American is rendered unconscious by a blow while searching for her brother. Upon awakening she finds herself in the presence of the Winters family, in a luxuriously furnished room. She immediately protests her mistaken identity but is overruled by the doctor and the kind people about her. Her love is imbedded more deeply in the hearts of the Winters when she rescues "Teddy," their little son,  from suffocating. Just about this time the arrival of Pat, Nora's brother, upsets all her wondrous "air-castles." Pat, a daring thief and drunkard, while temporarily employed by the Winters as a chauffeur, recognizes Nor a and attempts to force her to help him rob the family.

Through the struggle which ensues between brother and sister, Nora is brought down into the slums, the home of her wayward brother.

-- Meridian Morning Record, Meriden, Connecticut, June 5, 1916

with Valentine Grant. Directed by Sydney Olcott. Famous Players.

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