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Film, Video The necklace

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  • The necklace


  • The Kendricks are a young couple, excited to have been invited to an important social event. Mrs. Kendrick buys a new gown and borrows a jeweled necklace from a friend. At the ball, the necklace it is stolen, and the Kendricks spend their whole lives and go deeply into debt to replace it, even though, unbeknownst to them, the necklace is only costume jewelry. In the end, the owner, touched at their sacrifice, presents them with the necklace.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction, writing
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Marvin, Arthur W., 1861-1911, camera
  • King, Rose, 1884-1967, cast
  • Prior, Herbert, 1867-1954, cast
  • Harris, Caroline, 1867-1937, cast
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • Avery, Charles, 1873-1926, cast
  • Inslee, Charles (Charles E.), cast
  • Johnson, Arthur V., 1876-1916, cast
  • Kirkwood, James, 1875-1963, cast
  • Lawrence, Florence, 1890-1938, cast
  • Longfellow, Stephanie, cast
  • Miles, David, 1871-1915, cast
  • Moore, Owen, 1886-1939, cast
  • O'Sullivan, Tony, -1920, cast
  • Pickford, Lottie, 1895-1936, cast
  • Powell, Frank E., 1877- cast
  • Quirk, Billy, 1873-1926, cast
  • Sennett, Mack, 1880-1960, cast
  • Maupassant, Guy de, 1850-1893
  • Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Biograph Co., 1909.


  • -  Jewelry theft--Drama
  • -  Restitution--Drama
  • -  Debt--Drama
  • -  Honor--Drama


  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J129504 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 3July 1909; J129504.
  • -  Cinematography, G.W. Bitzer, Arthur Marvin.
  • -  Rose King, Herbert Prior, Caroline Harris, Mary Pickford, Charles Avery, Charles Inslee, Arthur V. Johnson, James Kirkwood, Florence Lawrence, Stephanie Longfellow, David Miles, Owen Moore, Anthony O'Sullivan, Lottie Pickford, Frank Powell, Billy Quirk, Mack Sennett.
  • -  Summary derived from the Early motion pictures catalog and from the Internet movie database.
  • -  Based on the short story, The necklace, by Guy de Maupassant.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3586.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2969) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Photographed in the Biograph studio, New York City, May 12-27, 1909.
  • -  Not viewed
  • -  Sources used: Niver's Early motion pictures, p. 218; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed June 11, 2012; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 103.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 10 min., ca. 355 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 10 min., ca. 355 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 10 min., ca. 355 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll (ca. 900 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5567 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2688 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRA 2913 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0338A (paper pos)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2012601206

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, Arthur W Marvin, Rose King, Herbert Prior, Caroline Harris, Mary Pickford, Charles Avery, et al. The Necklace. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection, Writing United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Marvin, A. W., King, R., Prior, H., Harris, C., Pickford, M. [...] Niver. (1909) The Necklace. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: Biograph Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, et al. The Necklace. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection, Writing United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.