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The Fairy and the Waif (1915)

Major Drayton, an Englishman living in America with his daughter Viola, goes to England on business leaving Nevinson, his attorney, to care for Viola. When war is declared, Drayton joins ... See full summary »

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Viola Drayton, the Fairy
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The Waif
Will Archie ...
Sweetie
William T. Carleton ...
Maj. Drayton
Hubert Wilke ...
Mr. Nevinson
Ina Brooks ...
Mrs. Nevinson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yolanda Bianca
Maud Brooks
Ralph Dean
Edwin Dupont
Richard Dupont
Martin E. Eville
William Eville
Edna Hammel
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Major Drayton, an Englishman living in America with his daughter Viola, goes to England on business leaving Nevinson, his attorney, to care for Viola. When war is declared, Drayton joins his regiment and sends Nevinson $30,000 to invest for Viola. After learning that Drayton has been killed, the Nevinsons lose the money in speculation and have to take in boarders. Viola, who dreams of being a fairy on the stage, runs away from the drudgery and harsh treatment and joins the chorus of a musical comedy, but she again is treated brutally. Terrified, when, dressed as a fairy, she is lifted to a cloud, Viola runs away and meets a waif sleeping in a barrel, who thinks that she is a real fairy and saves her from freezing. When word arrives that Drayton is alive, the Nevinsons offer a reward for Viola's recovery. After a policeman finds the children, Mrs. Nevinson sells her possessions to repay Drayton, who returns to raise Viola and the waif. Written by Pamela Short

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1 March 1915 (USA)  »

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Mary Miles Minter made her screen debut in this "Little Princess" type tale.
31 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As Viola Drayton, Minter is the daughter of a British major who is forced to leave her in the care of his attorney's family while he goes to war. When the family learns that the major has been killed, they spend all of the money he left them for her care and turn little Mary into a household servant. Having always dreamed of being a fairy, she runs away to perform in the chorus in a musical comedy, but finds life no better there. The waif is a homeless boy that she befriends who saves her from freezing to death. Some creaky over-acting as is typical of films of this period. According to a Mary Miles Minter web page, this is a lost film. No more! It was viewed at Cinefest in Syracuse New York in March, 2003.


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