Betty to the Rescue (1917)

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Henry Sherwin has every cent invested in a mine which is apparently valueless. James Fleming, a mine expert, discovers a rich vein of gold in the mine but keeps it secret. Mr. Sherwin dies ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Fannie Ward ...
Betty Sherwin
Jack Dean ...
John Kenwood
Lillian Leighton ...
Constance Kenwood
James Neill ...
Henry Sherwin
Charles West ...
Taylor N. Duncan ...
Big Jim (as Ted Duncan)


Henry Sherwin has every cent invested in a mine which is apparently valueless. James Fleming, a mine expert, discovers a rich vein of gold in the mine but keeps it secret. Mr. Sherwin dies and leaves Betty, his daughter, in the care of John Kenwood and his sister, Constance who, finding the estate worthless, allows Betty to believe she has an income. She goes to boarding school, lives luxuriously, and when she returns home is shocked to find John and Constance working, so she hires two servants. A frost wipes out the orange crop, their last hope. Fleming proposes to Betty and is refused. Betty tells John he may have all her money, and although heartbroken and discouraged, he is greatly amused. Fleming finally tells Betty her mine is worthless, again asks her to marry him and is again refused. Betty dreams she sees gold pouring from her mine and runs away. Going to the mine she finds Big Jim, and together they search for gold. The boys "salt" the mine and Betty is delighted at her ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 January 1917 (USA)  »

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Betty à la rescousse  »

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The story provides good entertainment
17 November 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In "Betty to the Rescue," Fanny Ward is most effective in the latter part, in the role of a woman. In the beginning we see her as a child of the orange groves, splashing barelegged in the irrigation ditches, damming the water and sending it in the wrong direction. Later we see her as a young woman with trouble descending upon her; it is here she comes into her own. The story provides good entertainment, and in the last two reels it contains suspense and measurably moves. Miss Ward in the earlier stages surrounds herself with kittens and puppies, the accepted hallmarks of screen waifdom. In the later passages of the story we see her in khaki skirts, with a cartridge belt and pistol strapped about her waist and looking much different. The plot turns on the discovery of gold in a mine inherited by Betty and which for several years has been supposed to be minus the yellow metal. Friendly miners have "salted" the gravel, that the disappointment of the owner may be mitigated. One of the biggest moments of the play is that where Big Jim, looking over the bag of nuggets Betty has turned in, discovers a bit of foreign metal. It means the mine is not dead, that Betty is rich. Jack Dean has the role of John Kenwood, guardian of Betty, and in love with her. Lillian Leighton is Constance, Kenwood's sister. Charles West is Fleming, a mining expert who knows all along there is gold in the mine and tries to win control of the claim by purchase at first, and then by obtaining the hand of Betty. He narrowly loses out. Ted Duncan is Big Jim, a wholesome character, the friend of Betty's father and of Betty. It is a good cast. "Betty to the Rescue" will be liked. – The Moving Picture World, January 27, 1917

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