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Cast overview:
Frank Bennett ...
Steven Peabody
F.A. Turner ...
John Webster
Sam De Grasse ...
Ethan Dexter
Fred Warren ...
Henry Jarvis
Milton Schumann ...
Winfield Jarvis
Jennie Lee ...
Aunt Lydia
Richard Cummings ...
Anthony White
Charles Lee ...
William Blaine
Bessie Buskirk ...


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A Delightful Comedy Drama Picturing the triumphs of a clever young heiress over a frugal trust company that controlled her fortune.






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8 April 1917 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Her Official Fathers (1917) - Lost Silent ?
24 April 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

After Janice Webster's ( Dorothy Gish ) father dies and leaves her guardianship to Ethan Dexter ( Sam De Grasse ) and Henry Jarvis ( Fred Warren ), the vice presidents of the Webster Trust Co., which holds her fortune until she reaches eighteen, her official fathers become alarmed at Janice's capricious escapades. Deciding that marriage is the way to tame Janice, Dexter proposes and is accepted. Then Winfield Jarvis ( Milton Schumann ), Henry's son, proposes and is also accepted. In her plight as to which suitor to marry, Janice confides in bank teller Steven Peabody ( Frank Bennett ), who loves the girl himself. Later, Steven overhears Dexter boasting of his future control of the Webster millions, but before he can warn Janice, the banker locks Steven in the closet and goes to meet his bride-to-be. Steven escapes and arrives in time to find Dexter and Jarvis arguing over Janice who then reads aloud a letter written by her late father denouncing both vice presidents and announces that she will marry Steven.

This 1917 silent comedy was produced by the Fine Arts Film Company, distributed by Triangle Distributing Corporation, starring the popular actress, Dorothy Gish. Sadly, Her Official Fathers may now be a lost silent film.

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