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Cast overview:
Ann Pennington ...
William Courtleigh Jr. ...
Warren Reynolds
Augusta Anderson ...
Edithe Worthington
Grant Stewart ...
Judge Daingerfield
Charles Sutton ...
Pop Blodgett
Harry Lee ...
Dave, his son
Eddie Sturgis ...
Joe, his son (as Edwin Sturgis)
Clifford Grey ...
George Waters (as Clifford Gray)
Herbert Rice ...
Monsieur Paul
Queen Pearl ...
Mademoiselle Fifi
Amy Manning ...
Rose, the fat lady
Carl Gordon ...
Simon, the skeleton
Walter D. Nealand ...


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Release Date:

22 October 1916 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ann Pennington's Second Silent Film Lost ?
16 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Rainbow Princess was Ann Pennington's second silent film produced by the Famous Players Film Company. Unfortunately it remains a lost film and all I can offer the reader is a synopsis along with an original review that gives an interesting account of some difficulty during production.

Circus owner Pop Blodgett ( Charles Sutton ) strictly controls Hope's life ( Ann Pennington ) advertising the little dancer as "The Rainbow Princess." Pop conceives a plan to cash in on more than Hope's dancing skills, when he tells wealthy Judge Daingerfield ( Grant Stewart ) that Hope is the long-lost granddaughter whom he has tried to locate for years. Grateful, the judge pays Pop a large fee for having acted as Hope's guardian, but Pop, not content with the amount decides to rob the judge. However, during the robbery Pop is shot, and before he dies he confesses that he forced Hope to fool the judge by playing his granddaughter. But the judge has grown fond of Hope and convinces his adopted son, Warren Reynolds ( William Courtleigh Jr. ), to marry her and a happy ending prevails for all.

The Moving Picture World, 1916

After her very successful debut in Susie Snowflake it was decided to star Miss Pennington in a circus story to be called The Rainbow Princess which is being staged under the direction of J. Searle Dawley. In this picture Miss Pennington plays a little waif who has been adopted by the wife of the proprietor of a circus and is forced to do a great deal of the mean work around the place in addition to learning to do tricks with the animals. Of course there is a lover among the men in the troupe but The Princess, realizing that he is not quite sincere in his attentions, has the good sense to refuse to accept his attentions. She later proves to be not at all the waif that she was thought to be and—but the story is one to be seen on the screen.

The production of this photo-play at this particular time has caused many unexpected difficulties to be placed in the path of Director Dawley, because of the strict quarantines which have been placed upon itinerant citizens because of the paralysis plague. As a result of these numerous obstacles, Mr. Dawley was forced to arrange with one of the circuses which was on Long Island to have it apparently disband and travel back to New York in small units, with the Famous Players studio as their rendezvous. Then the tent was set up in a large vacant lot on the west side and the scenes were taken. Miss Pennington, who is a remarkably clever athlete and is a trained acrobat, has already done some very startling feats in the "show" and she predicts that she will accomplish even more before the end of the picture.

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