William C. DeMille adapted his screenplay for The Woman on the stage play by DeMille's father Henry and David Belasco. The story is set in Washington D.C., courtesy of the Lasky Studio's scenic department. Lois Meredith plays the title character, a woman of questionable morals currently involved with young politician James Neill. Political boss Theodore Roberts hopes to ruin Neill by making public the young man's romantic entanglements. But Roberts is in for an unpleasant surprise: Meredith turns out to be his own long-lost daughter. According to contemporary critics, the film's success rose or fell upon the audience's acceptance of the avuncular Theodore Roberts in a wholly unsympathetic role. Several members of the William and Cecil B. DeMille stock company appear in supporting roles, including Mabel Van Buren, Raymond Hatton and Billy Elmer.
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