Her Soul's Inspiration (1917)

Mary seemed to have been born with music in her feet. She danced to school, danced at her work and danced while at play. Her invalid mother, realizing her talents and knowing her ambition ... See full summary »


Jack Conway


Harris Anson (story "Mary Keep Your Feet Still"), Maie B. Havey (as Maie Havey)




Cast overview:
Ella Hall ... Mary Weston
Marc B. Robbins Marc B. Robbins ... Daddy Weston (as Marc Robbins)
Dick Ryan Dick Ryan ... Philip Carstairs (as Richard Ryan)
Edward Hearn ... Silent Bob
Marcia Moore ... Zella
Margaret Whistler Margaret Whistler ... Madame La Rue
Alice May Youse Alice May Youse ... Undetermined Role
Raymond Whitaker ... Undetermined Role (as Ray Whittaker)


Mary seemed to have been born with music in her feet. She danced to school, danced at her work and danced while at play. Her invalid mother, realizing her talents and knowing her ambition to become an expert dancer, made the father promise that Mary should have her heart's desire. When the mother died Mary's father sold the farm and purchased a traveling show to give Mary her chance to be a stage dancer. There was a Madame La Rue in the company, who had a daughter of about Mary's age, and the two girls disagreed, with Mme. La Rue continually inspiring discord. Mary's father is stricken at a time when Mary is on the stage giving her performance, Mme. La Rue has him removed to her own dressing room, and there the old man makes his dying statement to the scheming woman. He tells her where in his trunk he keeps his money; asks that his wealthy brother, in a distant town, be notified of his death, and that Mary be taken to her undo who will provide her from his abundance with a home. Mme. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

15 January 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Keep Your Feet Still See more »

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1.33 : 1
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It is not being worked to capacity
9 November 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The name of Harris Anson's story on which this production is based is "Mary, Keep Tour Feet Still," and in the interpretation of the character of Mary, a winsome little girl of sunny disposition and a desire to be the first dancer of the land, Ella Hall has done admirable work. On the other hand, the story which has acceptable screen possibilities might have been made more of in a dramatic way. There is at times an impression that it is not being worked to capacity. At the same time the interest is maintained throughout, and the production, while not one of the best Bluebirds, can hold its own before the average audience. The story tells of how a little girl, at the death of her mother, who has shared her ambitions to become a dancer, suddenly finds herself transported to the heaven of which she has dreamed when her father buys a traveling show and makes her the star of the company. The plot of the story develops through the jealous machinations of one Madame La Rue, whose daughter is also one of the dancers of the company. On the death of Mary's father Madame La Rue takes possession of money and papers which the deceased has told her of before his death, writes to Mary's rich uncle, stating that she is bringing Mary and the body of his brother to him, and substituting her own daughter for Mary, leaves the girl to work out her own salvation. The incidents following where Mary wanders off and becomes the companion of a fisherman, falls in love with a young author, and finally reaches by chance the home of her uncle, are moderately entertaining. – The Moving Picture World, January 20, 1917

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