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Beggar Maid, The

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“Exceptional! … The Beggar Maid" is beautifully done … Miss Mary Astor, gives the beggar girl all of the grace and charm she is supposed to have.” — New York Times

In 1920, Triart Pictures was formed to create movies of everlasting value about art and artists. They had famous artists including Dana Gibson, Daniel Chester French and Louis C. Tiffany endorse the idea and choose the painting. Thankfully for posterity, Tiffany also allowed them to film on his estate — the now-legendary Laurelton Hall in Oyster Bay, New York — later lost to fire and then development in the 1950s. Although only a small scene shows a part of the house, the film documents his beautiful estate including his gardens and woods that inspired his art.

With Herbert Blaché as the director and Reginald Denny as the scriptwriter and star, the painting chosen was King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid by Edward Burne-Jones that in itself was inspired by the legend as well as Tennyson’s poem. The two-reel film involves the painter Burne-Jones’ seeing his friend, a young English earl, fall for a beautiful servant girl. The two lovers fear their social differences will bring failure. While Burne-Jones is inspired to use her as the model for his painting, he acts as the matchmaker who brings them together. The casting for the young maid was truly inspired with the hiring of the 15-year-old Mary Astor. Beautiful, charming and talented, Astor gained her first real attention in this role and went on to a fabled career, later co-starring with Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon

A new digital version of the film with a piano score by Ben Model!

Institutional Sale Only. 

 An Explanation of Home, Classroom, and Public Performance Rights

Individuals and non-profit institutions purchasing at the DVD, DVD-R, or Blu-ray rate — or streaming at published rental and sales prices — are authorized to use the film only for private home screening and legitimate classroom showing (a regularly scheduled class with an instructor present), per the United States Copyright Law. You can learn more about the distinction between classroom and public performance screenings here.


US and Canadian nonprofit educational institutions that wish to show a film publicly outside of a scheduled class need to purchase DVDs, DVD-Rs, and Blu-rays at the institutional rate — which grants 3-year in-house streaming rights and an on-site public performance license. This in-house streaming license is for a term of three years from the date of purchase and grants the purchasing institution the right to stream over a single secure server with a password-protected connection. Streaming access must be strictly limited to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Streaming rights extensions can be negotiated with Milestone after the initial three-year term has lapsed. Milestone retains the right to terminate this agreement at any time. No broadcast, Internet or other rights are granted or implied. These rights are for on-site use only per the license agreement. 

Similarly, US and Canadian nonprofit educational institutions that wish to show a film publicly outside of a scheduled class via Milestone’s streaming site must contact Milestone to arrange a separate public performance license. For more information, please email 

US and Canadian nonprofit educational institutions that wish to screen a DVD, DVD-R, or Blu-ray they already own in an open showing must purchase a public performance license. For more information, please email 

The purchase of DVDs, DVD-Rs, and Blu-rays at the institutional rate by anyone outside of a North American non-profit educational institution does not grant rights for public performance or streaming.

Any continuous or loop screenings as part of a museum exhibition must also be licensed separately. Inquiries must be negotiated directly with Milestone by emailing

Information for Exhibitors Screening DCPs and Film Prints

All bookings must be made by phone or email correspondence with Amy Heller (201.767.3117 or to negotiate terms and insure a screening copy is available. An order is only finalized when Milestone sends a written confirmation.

DCPs are shipped insured for their cost via Federal Express or UPS and must be returned the same way or by an equivalent method. Shipping and handling charges for outgoing DCPs appear on your invoice. The immediate return or transshipment (as directed) of all DCPs is your responsibility.

DCPs should be returned to:

Milestone Film & Video
38 George Street
Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640-0128
United States 

35mm and 16mm prints are shipped insured for their cost via Federal Express or UPS and must be returned the same way or by an equivalent method. Please do not ship prints back via US Mail. Exhibitor pays to ship both ways. Shipping and handling charges for outgoing prints appear on your invoice. The immediate return of all prints is your responsibility.

Prints should be returned insured for $1,000 to:

Iron Mountain
Attn: Milestone Account
235 Main Street
Little Falls, NJ 07424

For public screenings, advertising materials can be requested by contacting

Milestone is the exclusive licensor for all the titles in this catalog, all of which are available here in their complete versions.


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