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Erstwhile Susan

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Story by  Helen Reimensnyder Martin
Genre  Drama
Country  United States
Director  John S. Robertson
Cinematography  Roy Overbaugh

Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  November 16, 1919 (1919-11-16)
Based on  Barnabetta  by Helen Reimensnyder Martin
Writer  Helen Reimensnyder Martin (novel), Marian De Forest (play), Kathryn Stuart
Cast  Constance Binney, Mary Alden
Related John S. Robertson movies  Come Out of the Kitchen (1919), The Single Standard (1929), The Enchanted Cottage (1924), Captain Salvation (1927)

Erstwhile Susan is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by John S. Robertson, produced and distributed by Realart Pictures. It is based on a 1914 novel Barnabetta by Helen Reimensnyder Martin and later Broadway play Erstwhile Susan by Marian De Forest. Minnie Maddern Fiske starred in the Broadway play in 1916. This film version stars Mary Alden and Constance Binney, then an up-and-coming young actress. This film version, once thought to be lost, survives at the Museum of Modern Art.


First film by Realart Films, Adolph Zukors offshoot affiliate of his Famous Players-Lasky enterprise.


Erstwhile Susan movie scenes This film has some great intertitles The Kid has a similar intertitle Awkward ass

As described in an adoption in the November 1919 issue of the film magazine Shadowland, Barnabetta (Constance Binney) dreams of furthering her education, but her Mennonite father Jacob (Bradley Barker) disapproves. Jacob later marries Erstwhile Susan (Mary Alden), who has money and changes the family relationships, and sends Barnabetta to college. After graduation, she helps David Jordan (Jere Austin) run for the Senate, who then professes his love for her.


  • Constance Binney - Barnabetta Dreary
  • Jere Austin - David Jordan
  • Alfred Hickman - Dr. Edgar Barrett
  • Mary Alden - Erstwhile Susan
  • Anders Randolf - Barnaby Dreary
  • Georges Renavent - Emanuel Dreary
  • Bradley Barker - Jacob Dreary
  • Leslie Hunt - Albert Buchter
  • Clare Verdera -  ? (*uncredited)
  • Preservation

    A copy of the film survives at the Museum of Modern Art. Erstwhile Susan is the only Constance Binney film that survives in a complete form. All of her other work has been lost except for a single reel from First Love (1921).


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