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3 September 1916 (USA) See more »
A kindly Dutch immigrant and her bumbling father are blackmailed by a gang of counterfeiters. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Chester M. Franklin  (as C.M. Franklin)
Sidney Franklin  (as S.A. Franklin)
Writing credits
Bernard McConville (story)

Cinematography by
Frank B. Good (photographed by) (uncredited)
Galen Biery .... special thanks (2004 restoration)
Karl E. Johnson .... special thanks (2004 version)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Cinetech  laboratory services (2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)
  • Silent Society of Hollywood  funding (2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)
  • YCM Labs  laboratory services (2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print) (as YCM Laboratories)

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58 min (2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Early Gangster Film, 2 April 2006
Author: Maliejandra Kay ( from United States

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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