Aside from the fact that Polly had red hair in abundance, she was not otherwise an exceptional child, save for one thing. She was willing to work and slave, if need be, to keep her baby ... See full summary »

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Polly Redhead
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Lady Caroline
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Duke of Osterley (as Charles Mailes)
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Mrs. Brown
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Mrs. Meekin (as Mrs. L. A. Emmons0)
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John Ruffin
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Ronald (as James McCandless)
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Edgar aka The Lump
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Diego Perez (as Raymond Whittaker)
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Aside from the fact that Polly had red hair in abundance, she was not otherwise an exceptional child, save for one thing. She was willing to work and slave, if need be, to keep her baby brother, affectionately termed "The Lump," from being sent to the poor house. So she did housework and prepared breakfasts for John Ruffin, an attorney, and Hon. Gedge-Tompkins. John Ruffin's sister, Lady Osterly, has separated from her husband, and he holds their child. When Lady Osterly calls on Ruffin she is struck with the remarkable resemblance Polly bears to her own child. Ruffin and Lady Osterly formulate a plan to come into possession of her daughter, by using Polly as a substitute. When they offer Polly twenty sovereigns to go to the Duke of Osterly's home and impersonate the other child, the amount of money fairly staggers Polly and she accepts. By changing the children when the child of the Osterly's is out riding with her nurse. Polly gains access to the Duke's home and the Osterly child ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 March 1917 (USA)  »

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Polly Redhead (1917) -- Lost Film ?
20 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Twelve-year-old Polly ( Ella Hall ) works as a maid in the home of lawyer John Ruffin ( George Webb ) in order to support her little brother Edgar ( William Worthington Jr ). Polly soon wins Ruffin's kindness as she so resembles Marion, the daughter of his fiancée's sister, Lady Osterley, who is separated from her husband, the duke. Knowing that Lady Osterley is unhappy because the duke insists upon sole custody of Marion, Ruffin conceives of the plan to replace Polly for Marion. The impersonation is successful and Marion runs away with her mother. After several mishaps, the duke and Lady Osterley are finally reconciled, and Polly finds a happy home as well.

Ella Hall plays Polly Redhead in this 1917 comedy/drama. By 1915 the popular actress had become one of the hottest box-office properties for the Universal Film Manufacturing Company touted as a Mary Pickford type. Coincidentally, she did understudy for Mary Pickford during her stage career with David Belasco for "The Warrens of Virginia". Sadly the status of this film is listed as unknown and hopefully a copy survives and resurfaces for fans of silent cinema.


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