Living in the poorest section of town is Nell ( Mae Marsh ) who spends her time working in her grandfather's bird shop, where she finds happiness in the companionship of her feathered friends. Her grandfather is hit by a car driven by Mr. Morris ( William T. Carleton ) a millionaire, who offers to purchase a bullfinch at a large price in order to avert a damage suit. When Nell's grandfather refuses to sell because the bird is his granddaughter's pet, son Ned Morris ( Robert Harron ) awed by Nell's charm, tells her to call if she is ever in need of assistance. It soon becomes evident that her grandfather is in need of expensive medical care, so Nell calls Ned and offers to sell the bird. Later the finch becomes ill and Nell is summoned to treat it, and she and Ned fall in love. Nell's happiness is clouded when her misguided brother Carlo ( Dion Titheradge ) attempts to rob the Morris house. Luckily, all ends happily because through Nell's and Ned's devotion, Carlo is reformed and the grandfather receives the care he needs.
Sunshine Alley featured two of silent cinema's most talented and popular stars, Mae Marsh and Robert Harron. The sensitive and highly photogenic Harron would only be in nine more films before his tragic death at the young age of twenty-seven. Sadly this film's status is listed as unknown.
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