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Lost and Won (1917)

Cinders, a news girl, with a love for books, idealizes as her hero a "Daddy Long-legs," who will someday make her a great lady. Bill Holt, a reporter, is one of her best friends. Walter ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
... Cinders
... Walter Crane
... Kirkland Gaige
Mayme Kelso ... Cleo Duvene
Robert Gray ... Bill Holt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Undetermined Role


Cinders, a news girl, with a love for books, idealizes as her hero a "Daddy Long-legs," who will someday make her a great lady. Bill Holt, a reporter, is one of her best friends. Walter Crane and Kirkland Gaige observe Cinder's independence as she turns over to a policeman a man who has been annoying her. Later Crane wagers $50,000 that within a year he can transform and improve the girl that one of the men will want to marry her. Crane places her in the care of his aunt, who sends her to a boarding school. At the end of a year she returns home and at once becomes a favorite. Cleo Duvene, an adventuress, demands of Gaige a necklace which he is unable to purchase. Crane meets with reverses and Gaige, anxious to win Cinders, reveals the bet, suggesting she marry him in order that Crane may realize the $100,000 stake. She refuses and goes to her friend. Holt, securing a position as reporter on the paper. Crane accepts the position of assistant cashier in the bank of which Gaige is vice ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The story strains the credulity at times
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Marie Doro is the heroine of 'Lost and Won,' the Lasky release for January 22. She is seen both as a newsgirl and as a young woman with a year's training in a fashionable school, later blossoming out as a newspaper reporter. The story is melodramatic, and is from the pens of Channing Pollock and Rennold Wolf. It has been well staged by James Young. The picture is entertaining, and at times it is exciting, but Mr. Young did not come on his stage equipped with the same raw material as when he began the production of "Oliver Twist." The story strains the credulity at times, as when, for instance, it asks us to believe a girl with a year's training in school is sufficiently equipped to take a job as a newspaper reporter. Still, at that, Cinders might have been able to do as good a piece of work as we find in the samples of news story writing we see flashed on the screen. Art directors will scour a big city to find an inconsequential bit of furniture of a period of a century ago, but take it for granted anything will get by as an opening paragraph of a newspaper yarn, or as a spread head, either. Miss Doro is given excellent support. Robert Grey is Bill Holt, a newspaper reporter; his performance will please those who in life follow similar lines. Elliott Dexter is Walter Crane, the broker who takes chances in his business, and also wagers $50,000 that within one year four of his chums will "fall for" or to a girl that he will take from among the "newsies" and educate and refine. Carl Stockdale is Kirkland Gaige, the unscrupulous banker friend of Crane and so infatuated with Cleo Duvene that in order to obtain jewelry for her he steals money from the till of Crane. Mabel Van Buren is Cleo, the dashing adventuress, an unusual piece of work. Mayme Kelso is the aunt of Crane, who mothers and protects Cinders. – The Moving Picture World, February 3, 1917

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