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The Old Maid's Valentine (1900) | BFI National Archive

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Published on Feb 13, 2008

Love works in mysterious ways, and sometimes rather cruel ones, too. Poor Miss Pimple thinks Cupid has finally taken notice of her when she receives an envelope on February 14th, but the lonely spinster is in for another of life's little disappointments. The burgeoning Victorian Valentine's industry has a lot to answer for.

British film pioneer G. A. Smith cast his own wife Laura Bayley, who wrings every ounce of pathos from this brief appearance. (Simon McCallum)

For more information about filmmaker G. A. Smith see http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people...

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