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The Lost Lie
Directed byKing Vidor
Written byJudge Willis Brown
Produced byJudge Willis Brown
StarringRuth Hampton
Release date
  • 1918 (1918)
CountryUnited States

The Lost Lie is a 1918 American short comedy film directed by King Vidor.[1]



The Lost Lie is one of ten short films written and produced by Judge Willis Brown that were directed by King Vidor. They were filmed at Boy City Film Company in Culver City, California and released by General Film Company between January and May 1918.[2]

Film historian and archivist Raymond Durgnat reports that all of Vidor’s films from the Judge Willis Brown series are lost, with the exception of Bud's Recruit of which one reel survives.[3]


Brown was a Salt Lake City juvenile court judge who specialized in “rehabilitating juvenile offenders.” He based the series on his experiences operating his “Boy’s Cities” (not to be confused with Boys Town). The movies depict “inter-ethnic” city youth facing and resolving social and moral challenges constructively. Director Vidor declared that he "deeply believed" in the value of the films.[4]


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Lost Lie". Silent Era. Retrieved May 17, 2008.
  2. ^ Durgnat and Simmon 1988 p. 24
  3. ^ Durgnat and Simmon 1988 p. 333: “All Vidor’s films prior to 1920 are presumed lost, except for The Intrigue and reel 1 of Bud's Recruit
  4. ^ Baxter 1976 p. 8
    Durgnat and Simmon 1988 p. 24-25, p. 335


  • Baxter, John. 1976. King Vidor. Simon & Schuster, Inc. Monarch Film Studies. LOC Card Number 75-23544.
  • Durgnat, Raymond and Simmon, Scott. 1988. King Vidor, American. University of California Press, Berkeley. ISBN 0-520-05798-8

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