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Complete credited cast:
Louise Lovely ...
Bobbie Brent
Hook Hoover
Jay Belasco ...
Jack Stimson
Jean Hathaway ...
Mrs. Stimson
Gretchen Lederer ...
Velma Vrooman
Gilmore Hammond ...
Henry Fox
Lule Warrenton ...
Mrs. Hoover


Young ballet dancer Bobbie Brent has lost her parents and must care for herself and her younger brother and sister. In order to keep the children, she pretends that they are her own children and not her siblings. Jack Stinson, her boyfriend, is aghast at this deception and breaks up with her. However, Jack's old girlfriend Velma is still jealous of Bobbie, and comes up with a scheme to get rid of her once and for all so she can have Jack all to herself. Written by

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12 June 1916 (USA)  »

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Bobbie of the Ballet (1916) -- Lost Silent
27 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Bobbie Brent( Louise Lovely ) is the daughter of an invalid widow living in a New York tenement, and she works as a chorus girl in a Broadway musical company. Jack Stimson ( Jay Belasco ), a recent college graduate, is wasting his inheritance on Velma Vrooman ( Gretchen Lederer ), leading lady of the company. Stimson meets Bobbie and becomes interested in her, much to Velma's irritation. Jack's mother ( Jean Hathaway ) devotes her time to the Orphan's Adoption Society. When Bobbie's mother dies, the society plan to take Bobbie's little brother and sister away from her. She dresses up as an old woman, and convinces the social workers that she is an old widow who can take care of the children. When the theatrical season ends, Bobbie is out of work, and "Hook" Hoover ( Lon Chaney ), a sneak thief, gives her money from the proceeds of his crimes. Jack wants to help Bobbie, but she does not want to accept money from him. He tells her that he wastes $200 a night on Velma and insist that she take that much each time they dine. Mrs. Stimson exposes Bobbie to Jack as a "widow with two children." She tells Bobbie she will take the children away from her if she does not give up Jack. When Bobbie tries to break up their relationship, Jack grabs her and attempts to kiss her, but Hook enters and a serious fight ensues. A policeman arrives and attempts to arrest Hook, but Jack and Bobbie intercede on his behalf. Through Velma's plotting, Bobbie is captured by Henry Fox ( Gilmore Hammond ), Velma's manager, while Velma tries to make Jack believe that Bobbie has gone to Fox willingly. Jack races to her rescue and fights with Fox. The police arrive and arrest both Jack and Fox. Bobbie is taken to Juvenile Court, and the children are taken to an orphanage. When Jack is released, Hook helps Jack break into the Juvenile Home, and Bobbie and Jack escape to be married. Hook is arrested, but Jack has him released on probation.

This intense 1916 silent drama was produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, starring Louise Lovely and Lon Chaney. Sadly it now remains a lost film.

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