The Mysterious Miss Terry

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The Mysterious Miss Terry
The Mysterious Miss Terry - 1917 - newspaperad.jpg
Newspaper advertisement
Directed by J. Searle Dawley
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Written by Gelett Burgess
Starring Billie Burke
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
September 1917
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Mysterious Miss Terry is a 1917 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures. The film stars Billie Burke, who at the time was a famous stage actress, married to Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. This particular story was adapted special to the screen for Burke by writer Gelett Burgess. It is a lost film.[1][2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] a fascinating young heiress (Burke) takes rooms at a cheap boarding house and assumes the name Miss Terry. The male boarders immediately fall in love with her and, when she secures a temporary position in a hardware store as a bookkeeper, they all help her keep the books. As a test of the bravery of one of the young men, she arranges for two others to dress as burglars and break into the store at night when she and Gordon True (Meighan) are there. Professional burglars, however, overhear the plan and break into the store first where they steal the money and shoot Gordon. Miss Terry nurses the boy back to health, arranges to have his book published, and assists the other male boarders to better themselves. Miss Terry discloses her identity, and the film ends with wedding bells for her and Gordon.



Like many American films of the time, The Mysterious Miss Terry was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors ordered cut a scene policeman looking up at a statue, seven holdup scenes, a shooting scene, and a scene of a man looking up at a statue.[4]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Mysterious Miss Terry at
  2. ^ The American film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. ^ "Reviews: The Mysterious Miss Terry". Exhibitors Herald (New York: Exhibitors Herald Company) 5 (10): 27. September 1, 1917. 
  4. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald 5 (11): 33. September 8, 1917. 

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