Ashby Leene, once a famous actor, but now poverty stricken, dies, leaving his grandchild, Lizette, in the care of Granny Page, his landlady. Lizette's new home is one of kindliness and she ... See full summary »

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Eugene Forde ...
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Ashby Leene, once a famous actor, but now poverty stricken, dies, leaving his grandchild, Lizette, in the care of Granny Page, his landlady. Lizette's new home is one of kindliness and she becomes a friend of Paul, Granny's young nephew, who runs a newsstand. Remembering her promise, Granny spends a good deal of time at the newsstand when Paul is away on deliveries. She resents Dan Nye's attention to Lizette. One day Lizette sells a paper to Henry Faure, an elderly millionaire, who is attracted to the bright-faced girl. Faure has been mentally depressed since the death of his wife and little girl. Longing for someone to love, Faure offers to adopt Lizette as his own daughter. Though Paul and Granny are heartbroken, they consent. For a time Lizette is happy in her new home. While Faure is away on business, Lizette visits her old friends. Faure unexpectedly returns. To his dismay Lizette begs that he let her stay a while longer with Granny. He reluctantly consents. His old depression ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 December 1916 (USA)  »

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L'innocence de Lizette  »

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A clumsy effort at making a child's picture
10 November 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

While stating that Mary Miles Minter appears to advantage in the production in question, it is only fair to add that in a story of different theme and better construction, this clever and beautiful little actress would have appeared to much greater advantage. The production as it stands reflects a clumsy effort at making a child's picture. There are many children employed in the making of the picture, and there are scenes of individual interest to children, but unfortunately the plot of the story develops situations which, under their present subtitles, are apt to jar the sensibilities of a refined audience, and are not at all commendable for child audiences. The story, which it is very evident has been built around the little star, is badly constructed and presents a series of incidents in the life of a child some of which me pathetic, and some of which are intended to be amusing. As the story runs, a little girl whose grandfather and only living relative dies, leaving her in the care of Granny Page, the landlady, becomes a helper at the news stand of Granny's son and is later adopted by a widower whose life she has brightened by personally delivering his paper each morning. The unpleasant element of the story, without which a charming production might have been the result, occurs when Lizette, finding a baby on the doorstep of her foster father's home after having been absent at Granny's for a couple of months on a visit, states that the child is hers, and pictures the handsomest young man she knows as its father. Her foster father approaches the young man in a rage, demands that he marry the girl, hauls him away to his house and faces him with a minister to perform the ceremony. The actual marriage of the pair is prevented by the arrival on the scene of the mother of the baby. If the young man had been left out of the question, and the producer had satisfied himself with the child's persistence in the statement that the baby had been sent to her from heaven, the story's climax would have been both pleasing and amusing. – The Moving Picture World, January 20, 1917


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