Wages Court Fight with Rich Man (Chicago Tribune – 1925)

Chicago Tribune – Monday, February 16, 1925 Page 3

Wages Court Fight with Rich Man

Lillian Gish, movie actress, with her mother attends hearing in New York on injunction suit brought by Charles H. Duell, her former employer, to prevent her from avoiding her contract with his film corporation. Miss Gish says she will quit the screen before working again for Duell’s concern. Decision on the case was reserved by the court.

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) 16 Feb 1925, Mon Page 3 - Ne

… Max D. Steuer characterized Duell as a “deep-eyed scoundrel” for whom the actress would never work again even if it meant giving up her screen career …

… Steuer declared that Miss Gish’s contract was “grossly one-sided.”

Miss Gish appeared in court with her mother and listened intently to her lawyer’s argument. Holland S. Duell, brother of the plaintiff, testified in support of the producer’s complaint, declaring Miss Gish had already been stated in two successful pictures under the terms of the agreement which she wished to cancel. Steuer asserted that by five modifications of the contract, Miss Gish was defrauded of $120,000 by Duell …

Lillian Gish and her lawyer Max Steuer - the Duell trial in 1925
Lillian Gish and her lawyer Max Steuer – the Duell trial in 1925

Finally, on April 2, 1925, extras were on the streets at noon carrying this headline:

“Duell Held as Perjurer; Lillian Gish Wins Suit”

 

LILLIAN GISH SUED by Charles H. Duell

 

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