A Woman Who Understood

A Woman Who Understood is a 1920 American silent drama film, directed by William Parke, distributed by Robertson-Cole, and starring Bessie Barriscale.

A Woman Who Understood
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A newspaper advertisement for the film.
Directed byWilliam Parke
Written byIsabel Johnston (story)
StarringBessie Barriscale
Distributed byRobertson-Cole
Release date
  • March 14, 1920 (1920-03-14)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[1] Madge Graham (Barriscale), a sculptress who pays for her art work by conducting a tea room in Greenwich Village, New York City, saves violinist Robert Knight (Stanley) during an attempted suicide by throwing a tea cup through his window. She learns that he is despondent over a rejection by the young woman he loves and from losing his position in an orchestra. Her efforts get him his place back with the orchestra and they are married. Her interest in their children leads him to seek appreciation of his talent elsewhere, and he goes to his former sweetheart who is now Mrs. Alden (Cumming). In a fire he burns his hands. Mrs. Alden declines to offer her skin for an operation to save his hands, but when his wife consents he sees that she really understands him.


Preservation statusEdit

This film is now considered a lost film.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Reviews: Woman Who Understood". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (14): 65. April 3, 1920.
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 (The American Film Institute, 1988)
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: A Woman Who Understood at silentera.com

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