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
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)
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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