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The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 5 March 1917 (USA)
The wealthy but selfish parents of a lonely young girl begin to rethink what is important to them after a servant's irresponsibility results in a crisis.


Maurice Tourneur


Eleanor Gates (play), Frances Marion (scenario)
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Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Gwendolyn 'Gwen'
Madlaine Traverse ... Gwendolyn's Mother
Charles Wellesley Charles Wellesley ... Gwendolyn's Father
Gladys Fairbanks Gladys Fairbanks ... Jane
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... The Plumber
Emile La Croix Emile La Croix ... The Organ Grinder
Marcia Harris ... Miss Royale
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... Thomas
Frank Andrews ... Potter
Herbert Prior ... The Doctor
George Gernon George Gernon ... Johnny Blake
Maxine Elliott Hicks ... Susie May Squoggs (as Maxine Hicks)


Gwen's family is rich, but her parents ignore her and most of the servants push her around, so she is lonely and unhappy. Her father is concerned only with making money, and her mother cares only about her social position. But one day a servant's irresponsibility creates a crisis that causes everyone to rethink what is important to them. Written by Snow Leopard

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The "poor little rich girl" is so-called because of her wealth of material comforts and her poverty of in the happiness and affection she craves. Mother's social duties leave no time for tender good-night caresses. Father wages war among the bulls and bears of Wall street, an neglects his little daughter and his home. (Print Ad-Jeanette News, ((Jeanette, Penna.)) 5 June 1917)


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Did You Know?


Mary Pickford was 25 years old when she played the 11 year old Gwen in this movie. Her short stature helped the illusion of youth. See more »


Title card: Empty hearts. Empty lives. Empty homes. Poor little rich girl.
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A Study Of Neglect
26 December 2001 | by craig_smith9See all my reviews

Like so many of the silents, there is a powerful message here about family and the importance of family. Here is a little girl with everything money can buy except the time of her parents. They are so busy with making money and the social circuit they have no time for their little girl (Mary Pickford). As is also the case with so many silents, the cue cards make sure that we understand the points the makers want made. And as has been the case in so many other silents, the movie makes its points very well and did not need the extra cue cards to make them. Having said that, this is a very good movie. Early films could do a very good job of telling a story and making a statement. This one does indeed do both.

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Release Date:

5 March 1917 (USA) See more »

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