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Gretchen the Greenhorn (1916)

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Gretchen Van Houck is just arriving in the USA, on a ship from Holland. She joins her father, who has already spent several years in America, where he owns an engraving business. In the ... See full summary »


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Gretchen Van Houck is just arriving in the USA, on a ship from Holland. She joins her father, who has already spent several years in America, where he owns an engraving business. In the tenement community where the Van Houcks live, there are residents of many nationalities. Gretchen soon becomes close friends with Pietro, a popular resident, and she also takes an interest in the widow Garrity and her children. Another resident, Rogers, is more mysterious. One day Rogers tells Mr. Van Houck that he could help him get a job printing money for the government. Van Houck eagerly agrees to try, but when he finds out what Rogers is really doing, he is placed in a painful dilemma. Written by Snow Leopard

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3 September 1916 (USA)  »

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Gretchen Blunders In  »

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(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

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1.33 : 1
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One of the films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives (2004)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archives, has a running time of 58 minutes and an added piano score. See more »

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Except for Dorothy Gish whose name appears above the title, actors were not originally credited in this movie at the start or at the end. Instead, 6 additional actors and their character names are credited in the intertitles right before they appear on-screen and are listed in the same order in the IMDb cast. All other actors, most of whom were obtained from other printed publications, are marked uncredited. See more »

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Early Gangster Film
2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gretchen the Greenhorn is an early silent film starring Dorothy Gish in the title role. She plays a Dutch girl who immigrates to America to be with her father, a man who engraves for a living. He is swindled by a gang who tricks him into counterfeiting money for them. Although his intentions are completely pure, he hesitates to turn the gang in for fear of jail time, but the gangsters act quickly to capture him. It is up to Gretchen to save him.

This film does not have all of the action and suspense of later gangster films, nor the outstanding faces of the screen that could benefit it. Overall, it is an average film, entertaining and short enough for a night of film-watching.

Although some rave about Dorothy Gish, I have never warmed up to her. I thought I might in this starring role, but I still did not find her charming, beautiful, or very talented.

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