Three sisters, all raised as boys, have trouble fitting into male-dominated society.




Cast overview:
Lord Tommy
Eleanor Lawson ...
Willie (as Elsie Lawson)
William Hinckley ...
Lord Litterly
Helen Robinson ...
Marchioness of Castlejordan
Edgar Norton ...
Lord Tweenways
Andre Bellon ...
Count de Grival
Roxanne Lancing ...
Sgt. Shuter
Tammany Young ...
Undetermined Role


The Marchioness of Castlejordan was so desperate to have sons that she raised her three daughters--Tommy, Willie and Noel--as boys. While on a trip to London the girls change into female clothes, but the youngest of them Tommy, changes into boys clothes and gets into a fight in a music hall, knocking out his opponent. Pursued by an angry mob, Tommy jumps into the nearest passing car, which happens to belong to Lord Litterly, who admires the "boy's" pluck. Litterly soon discovers that Tommy is actually a girl, and also discovers something else--she is a relative. Complications ensue. Written by

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5 August 1917 (USA)  »

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De tre Gratier  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lost Marguerite Clark Film
12 January 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Disappointed that she did not have sons, the Marchioness of Castlejordan ( Helen Robinson ) rears her three daughters, Tommy ( Marguerite Clark ), Willie ( Elsie Lawson ) and Noel ( Helen Greene ), as boys. In their home gymnasium, the girls enjoy sports, including boxing and exercising on a trapeze. In London, the girls wear feminine clothes, but Tommy, the youngest, changes to male attire and knocks down a cockney youth in a music hall. Pursued by a crowd, Tommy jumps into the auto of aviator Lord Litterly ( William Hinckley ), who admires Tommy's pluck. After she faints, Litterly takes Tommy to his rooms, where she awakens and flees through a window. Litterly is pleased to discover that Tommy is female and a relative. He follows her home and rescues her from a runaway horse. Meanwhile, Tommy's sisters have arranged a rendezvous in the gym with two beaus they met at a London ball. When the sisters' maid is warmly greeted by Litterly in the gym, Tommy crawls onto the skylight to spy. After she falls through, Tommy learns that the maid is the daughter of Litterly's childhood nurse to whom he brought news about her ill mother. At the end, the Marchioness gives her blessing for a triple wedding.

This 1917 silent was based on the 1883 play of the same name by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, and adapted for the screen by Frances Marion, produced by the Famous Players Film Company, starring the popular diminutive silent screen actress Marguerite Clark. Tragically, The Amazons remains a lost silent film.

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