~The Woman and the Law~
19
18
Writen & Directed by: Raoul Walsh
~Cast~

Jack Connors ... Mr. Jack La Salle
Miriam Cooper ... Mrs. Jack La Salle
George Humbert
Peggy Hopkins Joyce ... Josie Sabel (as Peggy Hopkins)
Agnes Neilson
Ramsey Wallace
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Fox Film Corporation

Produced by: William Fox
Executive Producer:
Winfield R. Sheehan
Presenter:
William Fox

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime:
50 Minutes
Released:
March 17, 1918

Filming Location: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
~Plot Synopsis~
Slowing down a bit from the previous year, in which he directed six films, Raoul Walsh turned out
only five pictures in 1918, the second of which was The Woman and the Law. Based on the
then-notorious "Jack DeSaulies Case," the film is divided into two halves. In the first portion, the
audience was shown how the good-girl heroine (played by Walsh's then-wife Miriam Cooper) is
forced into a marriage of convenience. In the second portion, the heroine, now unhappily married, is
driven to murder her husband (Ramsey Wallace) when he inaugurates an affair with a big-city
temptress. The question: Will the "unwritten law," which states that a man has a right to kill anyone
who tries to steal his wife, apply equally to a wronged woman? Cast as the seductress who comes
between the husband and wife was Ziegfeld Follies beauty Peggy Hopkins Joyce.


Written by: Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~WL2: Jack Connors, Ramsey Wallace and Peggy Hopkins Joyce~