Count von Herbeck, chancellor to the Grand Duke of Ehrenstein, is married but keeps it a secret because of his high ambitions. His dying wife writes him a letter urging him to make their ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
King Frederick
Sydney Deane ...
E.N. Dunbar ...
Grand Duke of Ehrenstein
James Neill ...
Count Von Herbeck
Lawrence Peyton ...
Von Wallenstein
Carmichael (as P.E. Peters)
Torpete the Gypsy (as H.B. Carpenter)
Ernest Joy ...
J.M. Cassidy ...
Miss Johnson ...
Princess Hildegarde


Count von Herbeck, chancellor to the Grand Duke of Ehrenstein, is married but keeps it a secret because of his high ambitions. His dying wife writes him a letter urging him to make their young daughter a great lady. To this end, he arranges to have Torpete, a gypsy, to kidnap Gretchen, the daughter of the GRand Duke. He takes the coat and locket belonging to the little Princess and then sends his own daughter, Hildegarde, away. During the abduction of Gretchen she is wounded in the shoulder by a bullet. Fifteen years later Von Herbeck tells the Grand Duke he has found the Princess, and produces the coat, locket and Hildegarde as proof. Meanwhile, the real Princess has been abandoned by the gypsies and adopted by peasants, and has grown up as a "Goose Girl." The young King Fredrick of Jugendheit is officially betrothed to the fake Princess but he does not wish to marry a woman he has never met. He disguises himself as a Vinter and travels around the countryside, meets the Goose Girl, ... Written by Les Adams <>

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25 January 1915 (USA)  »

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" The Goose Girl 1915 Film Lost "
2 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The loss of this 1915 silent film The Goose Girl starring popular actress Marguerite Clarke, is a particularly sad one as many of her films are lost. The story is about Count Von Herbeck ( James Neill ), an ambitious chancellor to the Grand Duke of Ehrenstein ( E. N. Dunbar ), who secretly marries and has a daughter. At the urging of his dying wife, the Count kidnaps the Duke's infant daughter ( Marguerite Clark ) and substitutes his own in the castle so that she may live in the style of a grand lady. The real princess, abandoned by the gypsies who abducted her for the Count, is raised by peasants and given the name " Goose Girl." The young King Frederick ( Monroe Salisbury ) is betrothed to the impostor princess of Ehrenstein, whom he has never seen, but before the wedding takes place, he runs away and roams the countryside, where he encounters and falls in love with the Goose Girl. After a series of adventures, during which Frederick decides to wed the false princess for the good of the country, the Goose Girl's true identity is revealed, and the very delighted Frederick is now happily betrothed to the girl of his heart. Motion Picture News admiringly noted Clark's " youthful personality and girlish portrayal," and the Moving Picture World declared " When the brave little Goose Girl is rescued from the clutches of the brutal libertine the whole audience breaks into applause." Surviving photo stills of this film show wonderfully costumed characters and a very pretty Clark looking quite expressive in her role as the charming Goose Girl. The very talented and beloved stage actress was Mary Pickford's biggest rival when she began appearing in silent film adaptations of classic children's fairy tales, and nearly surpassed Pickford's popularity for a couple of years. This makes the loss of her films all the more tragic as it would be interesting to see her work, and to appreciate what the audiences of that era enjoyed.

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