When bachelor friends David Clark, Dick Porter and Jerry Mathers agree to adopt Belgian war orphans, David unexpectedly finds himself the guardian of a little girl, Rene Lescere. After ... See full summary »

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Rene Lescere
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David Clark
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Emmeline Warren
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Mrs. Billy Hardwick
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Dick Porter
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Jerry Mathers
George Hupp ...
Henri Pelour
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When bachelor friends David Clark, Dick Porter and Jerry Mathers agree to adopt Belgian war orphans, David unexpectedly finds himself the guardian of a little girl, Rene Lescere. After David is pursued by Mrs. Hardwick, a divorcee, Rene is determined to find him a more suitable wife and introduces him to Emmeline Warren. David and Emmeline are engaged, but the engagement is broken after Emmeline meets Jerry, her old beau, and their romance is rekindled. David, sad but resigned, sends Rene to boarding school and retires to his hunting lodge with Dick Porter. Later, Emmeline and Jerry, now married, visit the lodge and suggest that Rene accompany them on a trip abroad. At the moment of parting between Rene and her guardian, both realize that they love each other and Rene becomes David's wife. Written by Pamela Short

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18 June 1917 (USA)  »

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The Little Belgian  »

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Reels 2, 4 and 5 of this five-reel film survive in the Library of Congress. See more »

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Ella Hall has just the right touch
15 January 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It is useless to protest that a Belgian war orphan would not be allowed to bring over her pet goat and rooster, when sent to the United States for adoption. Ella Hall does it in a Bluebird five- reel photoplay and gets away with a number of other exploits during the action of the story that are equally amusing when viewed from a safe distance. The first thing communicated to the spectator is that three well-to-do bachelors conclude to adopt a Belgian orphan apiece. All three suppose they are to become the fathers of boys, but the youngest man in the group learns on the arrival of the children that his foster child is a girl. He makes the best of the matter, even after he discovers that the goat and the rooster are also to become members of his family. There is plenty of comedy in the picture and a love motive is supplied when the little orphan arrives at the proper age and discovers that she prefers a husband to a father. This exchange is not accomplished, of course, without sufficient playing at cross purposes. In the meantime the transformation of the little emigrant into a charming young lady is well worth watching. Ella Hall's demure assumption of the part, her unaffected method of impersonating such youthful persons, have just the right touch. Her success in this line is a long one, and the little girl from Belgium is one of the most attractive of the list. – The Moving Picture World, June 30, 1917


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