The Foundling (1916)

Drama | 3 January 1916

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HISTORY

According to pre-release articles, this film was scheduled to open on 6 Sep 1915 with a supporting cast that included Frank Mills, Harry Ham, Gerturde Norman, Donald Crisp and Edith Chapman, but it actually opened four months later with completely different supporting players and a somewhat altered plot. According to modern sources, H. J. Siddons was the cameraman on this production. This film was also advertised under the title Miss Jenny . This was the only film copyrighted by the Famous Players-Mary Pickford Co., which was incorporated in Jan 1915. It was rumored in MPW that the company may have been formed to distribute Mary Pickford's films as a distinct series of releases.

The 3 Jul 1915 issues Moving Picture World and Motion Picture News announced that Famous Players-Lasky Studios in Los Angeles, CA, were closing temporarily, and all employees were relocated to New York City. Actress Mary Pickford and director Alan Dwan planned to produce her next film, Miss Jinny, during their travels. The scenario was described as “a tenement story” written by Edith Barnard Delano. The plot was reportedly created specifically for the situation, as it opened on the West Coast and concluded in the East. The scheduled 20 Jan 1916 release date was listed in the 1 Jan 1916 Motion Picture News. ... More Less

According to pre-release articles, this film was scheduled to open on 6 Sep 1915 with a supporting cast that included Frank Mills, Harry Ham, Gerturde Norman, Donald Crisp and Edith Chapman, but it actually opened four months later with completely different supporting players and a somewhat altered plot. According to modern sources, H. J. Siddons was the cameraman on this production. This film was also advertised under the title Miss Jenny . This was the only film copyrighted by the Famous Players-Mary Pickford Co., which was incorporated in Jan 1915. It was rumored in MPW that the company may have been formed to distribute Mary Pickford's films as a distinct series of releases.

The 3 Jul 1915 issues Moving Picture World and Motion Picture News announced that Famous Players-Lasky Studios in Los Angeles, CA, were closing temporarily, and all employees were relocated to New York City. Actress Mary Pickford and director Alan Dwan planned to produce her next film, Miss Jinny, during their travels. The scenario was described as “a tenement story” written by Edith Barnard Delano. The plot was reportedly created specifically for the situation, as it opened on the West Coast and concluded in the East. The scheduled 20 Jan 1916 release date was listed in the 1 Jan 1916 Motion Picture News. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
22 Jan 16
pp. 192-93.
MPN
28 Aug 15
p. 55.
MPN
27 Nov 15
p. 11.
MPN
15 Jan 16
p. 258.
MPW
28 Aug 15
p. 1498.
MPW
8 Jan 16
p. 260, 308-10.
New York Times
3 Jan 16
p. 22.
NYDM
15 Jan 16
p. 28.
Variety
14 Jan 16
p. 19.
CAST
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Miss Jenny
Release Date:
3 January 1916
Copyright Claimants:
Famous Players - Mary Pickford Co. Famous Players Film Co.
Copyright Dates:
30 August 1915 30 December 1915
Copyright Numbers:
LU6222 LU7324
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After his beloved wife dies in childbirth, David King scorns his newborn daughter and leaves for Italy to pursue his artistic career. While King becomes a prominent painter, his child, called Molly O, grows up in an orphanage, unaware of her father's identity. When fame and fortune fail to bring him happiness, King fills with remorse and yearns for his forgotten daughter. Upon his return to New York, he inquires after Molly O at the orphanage, but is tricked into taking the director's illegitimate niece instead. Molly O now resides with Mrs. Grimes, a cruel boardinghouse mistress, who treats her more as a servant than a daughter. When Molly O tries to save her brood of puppies from the dog catcher, she meets King in the street, and he, taken with her charm, brings her to his home to live. Following a series of incidents involving the impostor daughter and her thieving mother, King discovers Molly O's real identity and happily reunites with ... +


After his beloved wife dies in childbirth, David King scorns his newborn daughter and leaves for Italy to pursue his artistic career. While King becomes a prominent painter, his child, called Molly O, grows up in an orphanage, unaware of her father's identity. When fame and fortune fail to bring him happiness, King fills with remorse and yearns for his forgotten daughter. Upon his return to New York, he inquires after Molly O at the orphanage, but is tricked into taking the director's illegitimate niece instead. Molly O now resides with Mrs. Grimes, a cruel boardinghouse mistress, who treats her more as a servant than a daughter. When Molly O tries to save her brood of puppies from the dog catcher, she meets King in the street, and he, taken with her charm, brings her to his home to live. Following a series of incidents involving the impostor daughter and her thieving mother, King discovers Molly O's real identity and happily reunites with her. +

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