The Little Girl Next Door (1916)

Drama | May 1916

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HISTORY

The film was made up largely of flashbacks, each one depicting the story of a witness. According to the synopsis of this film in the copyright descriptions, it was based on a report of the Illinois State Vice Commission and contained actual testimonies of women who were forced into prostitution. After the film opened in Chicago in May 1916, the City Council Judiciary Committee voted against a proposal to revoke its permit. Clergymen, clubwomen and social workers urged restrictions be removed so that high school girls and boys could attend the screenings. In 1923, another film called The Little Girl Next Door based its story on one incident in the 1916 film. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.3114.) It is unclear whether Robert P. Thompson was an assistant director or an ... More Less

The film was made up largely of flashbacks, each one depicting the story of a witness. According to the synopsis of this film in the copyright descriptions, it was based on a report of the Illinois State Vice Commission and contained actual testimonies of women who were forced into prostitution. After the film opened in Chicago in May 1916, the City Council Judiciary Committee voted against a proposal to revoke its permit. Clergymen, clubwomen and social workers urged restrictions be removed so that high school girls and boys could attend the screenings. In 1923, another film called The Little Girl Next Door based its story on one incident in the 1916 film. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.3114.) It is unclear whether Robert P. Thompson was an assistant director or an actor. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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MPN
10 Jun 16
p. 3541.
MPW
3 Jun 16
p. 1691.
MPW
10 Jun 16
p. 1864.
Variety
26 May 16
p. 22.
Wid's
20 Jul 16
p. 725.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
2 May 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8215
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Illinois officials break up the rackets in the Chicago Tenderloin district, the State Morals Committee, hoping to use the information to suppress new attempts at restoring the white slave trade, interview a number of women who were sold into ... +


After Illinois officials break up the rackets in the Chicago Tenderloin district, the State Morals Committee, hoping to use the information to suppress new attempts at restoring the white slave trade, interview a number of women who were sold into prostitution. +

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Social


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Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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