Lady Windermere’s Fan is a 1925 American silent film directed by Ernst Lubitsch. It is based on Oscar Wilde’s 1893 play Lady Windermere’s Fan which was first played in America that year by Julia Arthur as Lady Windermere and Maurice Barrymore as Lord Darlington. The film is being preserved by several archives. It was transferred onto 16mm film by Associated Artists Productions in the 1950s and shown on television.
In London, Lady Margaret Windermere is busy discouraging Lord Darlington’s flirting, while her husband receives a letter from Edith Erlynne, “a complete stranger,” asking to meet him on a urgent matter. A woman of great beauty but terrible reputation, she reveals that she is the mother of Lady Windermere, who believes she is dead and reveres her memory. Fearing that his wife would be crushed by the truth and seeing a pile of bills on Mrs. Erlynne’s desk, Lord Windermere gives her a cheque for ₤1500 for her silence.
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