Ad for the film featured in the August 26, 1916 edition of Moving Picture World
|Directed by||Rae Berger|
|Written by||Clifford Howard (scenario)|
|Distributed by||Mutual Film|
Purity is a 1916 American silent drama film, directed by Rae Berger and starring Audrey Munson. The film's scenario was written by Clifford Howard and is notable for its nude scenes, which caused it to be banned and preached against in some towns.
Purity (Munson), a simple country girl, comes to the city and is hired as an artist's model. A young poet becomes obsessed with her, and is distraught when he learns she has been posing nude. But his distress is diminished when he finds that she intends to use her income from modeling to publish his poetry.
- Audrey Munson as Purity / Virtue
- Nigel De Brulier as Thorton Darcy
- Alfred Hollingsworth as Claude Lamarque
- William A. Carroll as Evil / Luston Black
- Eugenie Forde as Judith Lure
- Clarence Burton as Publisher
- Nela Drinkwitz as Model
- Molly Shafer as Landlady
Purity was produced by the American Film Company (known as the "Flying "A" Studios") based in Santa Barbara, California. The film was shot on an estate in Santa Barbara and was distributed by Mutual Film. 
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