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Polly Put the Kettle On (1917)

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Polly Vance is at a loss as to where to get the next day's food. The children scream, "Polly, put the kettle on," but she finds only a few tea leaves. The kids are disappointed when they ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Douglas Gerrard ...
Thomas Jefferson ...
Mr. Vance
Polly Vance
Martha Mattox ...
Miss Johanna Webb
Marvel Spencer ...
Myra Vance
Nellie Vance
Zoe Rae ...
Susie Vance
Anna Dodge ...
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George Gebhardt ...
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Lawrence Noskowski ...
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Armin von Harder ...
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T.D. Crittenden ...
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Polly Vance is at a loss as to where to get the next day's food. The children scream, "Polly, put the kettle on," but she finds only a few tea leaves. The kids are disappointed when they find no jam. Polly, though only eighteen, has been mothering these children a long time. Polly enters her father's workroom, where he is poring over the plans for the invention which he is confident will bring them riches. He becomes irritated when Polly reminds him of their poverty, and she leaves the room. Polly obtains a position with Johanna Webb, a spinster. Chester Creigg, Miss Webb's nephew, has completed his preparations for leaving home. He is returning to college, this being his finishing year. Chester is impressed with Polly's good looks and there seems to be a mutual attraction. After some weeks Polly is overjoyed to learn that Chester is coming home. Chester has been awarded a prize at college for writing the best play. In the meantime Vance, Polly's father, has completed his invention. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 January 1917 (USA)  »

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Pleasantly sentimental
22 October 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This offering, by Grace Helen Bailey, abounds in home scenes and has a strong holiday atmosphere. The story itself is pleasantly sentimental and while somewhat obvious in plot, leaves a nice impression on the observer. Ruth Clifford, Douglas Gerrard, Anna Dodge and Thomas Jefferson play the adult parts and Zoe Rae leads a contingent of four juveniles who win the sympathies readily. Polly, the girl of the piece, is the sole support of the four small youngsters, whom she mothers with the help of a kindly neighbor woman. The father, an elderly widower, is an inventor of the old school, always on the verge of riches and yet unsuccessful in his numerous ventures. He dies in the course of the story and Polly is forced to look for employment. She enters into the employ of a maiden lady of wealth, who is sending her nephew to college. An attachment springs up between Polly and the nephew, but the latter incurs his aunt's displeasure because he defends the girl when she is criticised. They both leave the house in high temper. The nephew keeps a kindly eye over the girl and the other children. He is finally blinded by an explosion. The aunt, relenting from her anger when she learns of the accident, passes herself off as "Miss Timkins," so she can be near her nephew. Of course the latter regains his sight and all ends happily. There are some good humorous touches strung along through this little story. Its appeal is a seasonable one and it will no doubt please a majority of observers, young and old. - The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1917

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