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The Valentine Girl (1917)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  22 April 1917 (USA)
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Marion ( Marguerite Clark ) a young girl is given up by her guardian to be raised by her father who has a criminal past. Under the enchanting influence of his daughter, he renounces his ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Marion Morgan
Frank Losee ...
John Morgan
Robert Wentworth
Kathryn Adams ...
Lucille Haines
Maggie Fisher ...
Mrs. Haines
Joe Winder
Edith Campbell ...
Mme. Blache (as Edith Campbell Walker)
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Marion ( Marguerite Clark ) a young girl is given up by her guardian to be raised by her father who has a criminal past. Under the enchanting influence of his daughter, he renounces his life of crime. However, a former partner frames him for a robbery he did not commit, and he is sent to prison. The distraught Marion runs away and upon taking refuge in a church, she is eventually adopted by the kindly clergyman's family. As the years pass, Marion grows into a young woman who becomes engaged. When her father is finally released , he seeks his ashamed daughter's forgiveness and explains being sent to prison on false charges. He wins the sympathy of Marion and along with her fianc├ęs, a happy ending prevails for all. Written by Pamela Short

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" The Valentine Girl 1917 Lost Silent Film "
2 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This lost 1917 film The Valentine Girl, has 34 year old actress Marguerite Clark playing a 12 year old for much of the film. Marion Morgan ( Marguerite Clark ) is being raised by her guardian Lucille Haines ( Kathryn Adams) who marries, leaving young Marion in the care of her father John Morgan ( Frank Losee ) a gambler and a thief. He becomes so charmed by his sweet natured daughter that he renounces his life of crime. However he is soon framed by a former partner for a robbery he did not commit. With her father arrested by the police, the heartbroken Marion learns the truth about his past. She runs away on Valentine's Day and finds refuge in a church where she meets young Robert Wentworth ( Richard Barthelmess ). Marion is adopted by the clergyman's family and eventually becomes engaged to Robert. Upon his release from prison, John finds his daughter, but she is to ashamed to acknowledge him. When he explains that he was sent to prison on false charges, he wins the sympathy of Marion, her fiancé, the minister and his wife, and a happy ending prevails for all. The Valentine Girl was a good example of the deep devotion audiences of the time held for actresses who could play a sweet innocent child, while clearly being a grown woman. Along with Mary Pickford, Marguerite Clark's film career was successful for as long as she could maintain the appearance of the child-woman.

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