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Lena and the Geese (1912)

For reasons of state, the first-born, a baby girl, is sent away and placed in the care of Gretchen, a trusted peasant woman, who is the widowed mother of a little child about the same age. ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


Mary Pickford

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Credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Lena
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... Lena's Sweetheart (as Jacque Lenor)
Kate Bruce ... Gretchen
Mae Marsh ... The 'Adopted' Daughter
Edwin August ... Len'a Father
Claire McDowell ... Lena's Mother
W. Chrystie Miller W. Chrystie Miller ... Courtier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christy Cabanne Christy Cabanne ... A Nobleman (as W. Christy Cabanne)
William A. Carroll William A. Carroll ... A Nobleman
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... A Noblewoman
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... A Nobleman
Wilfred Lucas
Charles Hill Mailes ... A Nobleman
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... A Nobleman / A Servant
Alfred Paget ... A Nobleman


For reasons of state, the first-born, a baby girl, is sent away and placed in the care of Gretchen, a trusted peasant woman, who is the widowed mother of a little child about the same age. The two children grow up as sisters. Later, upon her deathbed, the noble lady repents and sends for her child to reinstate her. Gretchen takes this opportunity to make a great lady of her own daughter Lena, the goose girl, by sending her to court instead of the real heiress. Hence Lena is taken before the noble lady as she breathes her last, happy in the belief that she has made reparation. Lena is now a great lady, but the title is a great misfit; court etiquette with her is hard work. She longs to be back with Gretchen and her "geeses." She endures it as long as she can and then bolts. Gretchen, by this time, is sorry for her deception, and is only too eager to straighten the affair. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Romance | Short | Fantasy







Release Date:

17 June 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Goose Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mary Pickford wrote the scenario of this film and also starred in it. Originally titled " The Goose Girl," it was re-titled Lena and the Geese. See more »

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The acting is full of humanity
3 December 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A fairy story of Old Holland, pictured with charming grace. The plot is simple; but the situation very strongly wakens our sympathies. This is chiefly because it illustrates to us, in a freshly pleasing and in a not too plain way, the well recognized truth that our own home is best for us, and also our own lot in life is best. The chief characters are two young girls. One is the daughter of a peasant, the other is the queen's daughter; but doesn't know it. When the time comes for her to reign, the foster mother ambitiously advances her own child, Lena, the pretty goose girl. Lena has a very amusing, but rather trying time in the palace and is glad to escape. This lets the princess come into her own. The acting is full of humanity; the scenes are very cleverly made; the photography is beautiful. It is a very desirable release. - The Moving Picture World, June 29, 1912

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