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The title of the original story on which this film was based was "Aitken's Gal." The Var review states that Charlie Gerard plays Camilla's lover, but it is ambiguous whether Charlie Gerard is the name of the actor or the character. A 1941 item in the Paramount studio records lists Marshall Neilan as the film's director, but this is probably an ... More Less

The title of the original story on which this film was based was "Aitken's Gal." The Var review states that Charlie Gerard plays Camilla's lover, but it is ambiguous whether Charlie Gerard is the name of the actor or the character. A 1941 item in the Paramount studio records lists Marshall Neilan as the film's director, but this is probably an error. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
13 Oct 17
p. 2530, 2582
MPW
13 Oct 17
p. 249, 298
NYDM
6 Oct 17
p. 18.
Wid's
4 Oct 17
p. 639.
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 October 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
10 September 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11372
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tomboy Bess Aiken grows up quickly when her mother deserts her father to elope with wealthy Easterner Vernon Treloar. Left alone with her father, Bess begins to long for feminine companionship, and when an opportunity arises for Bess to visit her newly remarried mother, her father consents. The little girl soon finds herself in a fairy tale world of beautiful gowns and extravagant luxury. Believing that anything her mother does must be correct, Bess soon learns to smoke and drink, much to the displeasure of Kirke Livingston, who loves her but fears she may have inherited her mother's weaknesses. Bess disregards his warnings until one day she finds her mother embracing another man. Disillusioned, she departs immediately for her father's cabin, traveling through the woods all night. At daybreak, Kirke finds her and wins her hand in ... +


Tomboy Bess Aiken grows up quickly when her mother deserts her father to elope with wealthy Easterner Vernon Treloar. Left alone with her father, Bess begins to long for feminine companionship, and when an opportunity arises for Bess to visit her newly remarried mother, her father consents. The little girl soon finds herself in a fairy tale world of beautiful gowns and extravagant luxury. Believing that anything her mother does must be correct, Bess soon learns to smoke and drink, much to the displeasure of Kirke Livingston, who loves her but fears she may have inherited her mother's weaknesses. Bess disregards his warnings until one day she finds her mother embracing another man. Disillusioned, she departs immediately for her father's cabin, traveling through the woods all night. At daybreak, Kirke finds her and wins her hand in marriage. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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