Claire McDowell

"The Female of the Species" (A Psychological Tragedy) is a short drama directed by D. W. Griffith.  This film illustrates the work of cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

The last four survivors from an abandoned mining village make a desperate trip to safety across the desert.  When the only man (Charles West) dies, his wife (Claire McDowell), aided by her younger sister (Mary Pickford), plans revenge against the other woman (Dorothy Bernard) for allegedly having had an affair with her husband.

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