The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)

Comedy-drama | 5 March 1917

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HISTORY

This film was made at Mary Pickford's studios in Fort Lee, N. J. Although contemporary sources do not credit a production company for the film, the Mary Pickford Film Corp., which was formed in mid-1916 to produce her films for distribution by Artcraft, probably was the production company. According to a modern source, Clarence Brown was an assistant director on the film. In 1936, Twentieth Century-Fox produced a film of the same name, directed by Irving Cummings and starring Shirley Temple, with an essentially different plot and based not on Eleanor Gates' play, but on stories written by Gates and Ralph Spence (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ... More Less

This film was made at Mary Pickford's studios in Fort Lee, N. J. Although contemporary sources do not credit a production company for the film, the Mary Pickford Film Corp., which was formed in mid-1916 to produce her films for distribution by Artcraft, probably was the production company. According to a modern source, Clarence Brown was an assistant director on the film. In 1936, Twentieth Century-Fox produced a film of the same name, directed by Irving Cummings and starring Shirley Temple, with an essentially different plot and based not on Eleanor Gates' play, but on stories written by Gates and Ralph Spence (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
10 Mar 17
p. 976.
Motog
17 Mar 17
p. 587.
MPN
30 Dec 16
p. 4219.
MPN
11 Aug 17
p. 882.
MPW
17 Mar 17
p. 1760, 1823
NYDM
10 Mar 17
p. 26.
Variety
9 Mar 17
p. 22.
Wid's
8 Mar 17
p. 150.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 March 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Gwendolyn, a poor little rich girl, is neglected by her parents, who are more interested in the pursuit of social and financial status than their daughter's well-being. Gwen is left to the care of servants, who treat the little girl harshly. Because Jane, her nurse, desires an evening off, she carelessly gives Gwen an overdose of sleeping potion, and as a result, the child is taken dangerously ill. In a delirium, she sees her father, mother, servants and her few friends as they really are. These revelations are communicated to her parents as they lean over her bedside. They retain their vigil through the night, and in the morning, when Gwen regains consciousness, her parents realize that her life has been devoid of love and decide to start life ... +


Gwendolyn, a poor little rich girl, is neglected by her parents, who are more interested in the pursuit of social and financial status than their daughter's well-being. Gwen is left to the care of servants, who treat the little girl harshly. Because Jane, her nurse, desires an evening off, she carelessly gives Gwen an overdose of sleeping potion, and as a result, the child is taken dangerously ill. In a delirium, she sees her father, mother, servants and her few friends as they really are. These revelations are communicated to her parents as they lean over her bedside. They retain their vigil through the night, and in the morning, when Gwen regains consciousness, her parents realize that her life has been devoid of love and decide to start life over. +

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