The House of Lies (1916 film)

The House of Lies is a 1916 American silent film drama directed by William Desmond Taylor and written by L. V. Jefferson. The film stars Edna Goodrich, Juan de la Cruz, Kathleen Kirkham, Lucille Ward, Harold Holland and Herbert Standing. The film was released on September 14, 1916, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The House of Lies
House of Lies poster.jpg
Lobby poster
Directed byWilliam Desmond Taylor
Screenplay byL. V. Jefferson
Produced byOliver Morosco
CinematographyHomer Scott
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 14, 1916 (1916-09-14)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
Trade release poster.


Realizing that her husband's inherited money is worryingly dwindling, Mrs. Coleman plans to find wealthy husbands for her daughter Dorothy and stepdaughter Edna. The latter, however, refuses to trade her beauty for money and inflicts herself with acid.

The family then pushes Edna aside. Dorothy, on the other hand, together with her mother, tries to be married by a poet, the rich Marcus Auriel. Edna, who has always been in love with Marcus's works, is hired by him as a secretary, revealing her stepmother's plans. Marcus, despite the scars on Edna's face, asks her to marry him. The girl agrees and then reveals that the scars are fake, like the acid was fake. And what disfigured her was simply greasepaint.



  • Though the Library of Congress's database shows no Holdings for the film(*now it does, LOC updated January 2017), an older print catalog has the film as incomplete in the Library of Congress's collection.[3][4]


  1. ^ "The House of Lies (1916) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. ^ Janiss Garza (2014). "House-of-Lies - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Feature Film Survival Catalog:The House of Lies
  4. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress (<-book title) p. 84 c.1978 by The American Film Institute

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