The Rise of Jennie Cushing (1917)

Drama | 19 November 1917

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HISTORY

Although no production company was listed for this film, it was made under the auspices of Famous Players-Lasky Corp., which at the time had a controlling interest in Artcraft Pictures Corp., the distributor and financial backer of the ... More Less

Although no production company was listed for this film, it was made under the auspices of Famous Players-Lasky Corp., which at the time had a controlling interest in Artcraft Pictures Corp., the distributor and financial backer of the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
3 Nov 17
p. 920.
MPN
1 Dec 17
p. 3857.
MPW
1 Dec 17
p. 1332.
NYDM
7 Apr 17
p. 2190.
Variety
16 Nov 17
p. 51.
Wid's
22 Nov 17
p. 744.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Rise of Jennie Cushing by Mary S. Watts (New York, 1914).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
19 November 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11650
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jennie Cushing, an offspring of the gutter, must fight and claw for her existence. During one of her street battles, Jennie is hauled into court and remanded to a reformatory until she reaches eighteen. Upon her release, Jennie goes to the city and studies hairdressing, finally emerging as a full-fledged lady's maid. While attending her mistress, who is having her portrait painted by noted artist Donelson Meigs, Jennie falls in love with the painter. He asks her to marry him, but Jennie, fearing her reputation could ruin his career, refuses. Instead, she agrees to live with Meigs, but when her past is brought to light, she runs away. Meigs spends two years searching for Jennie, and when he finally finds her, again asks for her hand in marriage. After at first refusing, Jennie reconsiders and all ends happily with the reunion of the two ... +


Jennie Cushing, an offspring of the gutter, must fight and claw for her existence. During one of her street battles, Jennie is hauled into court and remanded to a reformatory until she reaches eighteen. Upon her release, Jennie goes to the city and studies hairdressing, finally emerging as a full-fledged lady's maid. While attending her mistress, who is having her portrait painted by noted artist Donelson Meigs, Jennie falls in love with the painter. He asks her to marry him, but Jennie, fearing her reputation could ruin his career, refuses. Instead, she agrees to live with Meigs, but when her past is brought to light, she runs away. Meigs spends two years searching for Jennie, and when he finally finds her, again asks for her hand in marriage. After at first refusing, Jennie reconsiders and all ends happily with the reunion of the two lovers. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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