|Directed by: Edward José
Written by: Paul West
Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë.
Alice Brady ... Jane Eyre
Elliott Dexter ... Edward Rochester
Helen Greene ... Therese
Helen Lindroth ... Grace Poole
Victor Benoit ... Raoul Daquin
Leonora Morgan ... Valerie Rochester
Juliette Moore ... Adele
Produced & Released by: Select Pictures Corporation
Cinematography by: Benjamin Struckman
Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: January 1918
Having spent several years at World Films, the studio owned by her Broadway-producer father
William A. Brady, Alice Brady took a step upward in the film world when she signed on with Lewis J.
Selznick's Select Pictures. One of Brady's first Select endeavors was Woman and Wife, a sporadically
literal adaption of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. After enduring a miserable boarding-school
childhood, Jane Eyre (Brady) becomes the governess for the daughter of the mysterious, brooding
Edward Rochester (Elliot Dexter). Though at first put off by Rochester's sullen truculence, Jane
eventually falls in love with him, and he with her. But on the day of their wedding, it is revealed that
Rochester's first wife, whom Jane has been led to believe is dead, is alive, albeit hopelessly insane and
locked up in her husband's attic. The spectacular fire which highlighted the original novel (and all
subsequent film versions of Jane Eyre) was absent from this production. Here, the first Mrs.
Rochester accidentally drowns, clearing the path for a happy reunion between Jane and Rochester --
who, unlike his literary counterpart, is not temporarily blinded as punishment for his past sins.
Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com