The Little Duchess (1917)

Drama | 20 August 1917

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HISTORY

The title of this film was changed from Jerry For Short . Contemporary sources for the film listed actor Gunnis Davis as either James Gunnis Davis or James ... More Less

The title of this film was changed from Jerry For Short . Contemporary sources for the film listed actor Gunnis Davis as either James Gunnis Davis or James Davis. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
8 Sep 17
p. 532.
MPN
25 Aug 17
p. 1275, 1317
MPW
25 Aug 17
p. 1229, 1270
NYDM
22 Dec 17
p. 1806, 1842
Variety
10 Aug 1917.
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Wid's
30 Aug 17
p. 551.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Jerry For Short
Release Date:
20 August 1917
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 August 1917
Copyright Number:
LU11225
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Impoverished widow Evelyn Carmichael, aware that she is about to die, writes to her wealthy father-in-law Lord Carmichael, who had disowned his son years earlier, pleading that he rescue his granddaughter Geraldine, known as Jerry, from a life in the slums. Lord Carmichael, an avowed woman-hater since his wife disappeared years earlier with his brother, expects Jerry to be a boy and is appalled to find otherwise. However, the lord is won over by Jerry's sweetness, and when Jim Dawson, a neighbor of Jerry's from the tenements, arrives at Carnimore Castle with his daughter Sophia, whom he is trying to pass off as Jerry, the lord exposes them as imposters and then expells them from his castle. Meanwhile, Jerry has also won over the hearts of the servants, whom she is drilling into a play army. One day, while on an excursion into an unused tower of the castle, they discover a locked room in which reside two skeletons. A note near one of the skeletons explains that Lord Carmichael's wife and his brother had been exploring the tower when the lock sprung and trapped them, causing their deaths. Lord Carmichael, realizing that his wife didn't betray him, has his faith in women restored and makes Jerry mistress of the ... +


Impoverished widow Evelyn Carmichael, aware that she is about to die, writes to her wealthy father-in-law Lord Carmichael, who had disowned his son years earlier, pleading that he rescue his granddaughter Geraldine, known as Jerry, from a life in the slums. Lord Carmichael, an avowed woman-hater since his wife disappeared years earlier with his brother, expects Jerry to be a boy and is appalled to find otherwise. However, the lord is won over by Jerry's sweetness, and when Jim Dawson, a neighbor of Jerry's from the tenements, arrives at Carnimore Castle with his daughter Sophia, whom he is trying to pass off as Jerry, the lord exposes them as imposters and then expells them from his castle. Meanwhile, Jerry has also won over the hearts of the servants, whom she is drilling into a play army. One day, while on an excursion into an unused tower of the castle, they discover a locked room in which reside two skeletons. A note near one of the skeletons explains that Lord Carmichael's wife and his brother had been exploring the tower when the lock sprung and trapped them, causing their deaths. Lord Carmichael, realizing that his wife didn't betray him, has his faith in women restored and makes Jerry mistress of the castle. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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