The Rise of Jenny Cushing (1917)

A resourceful young girl struggles to free herself from slum life.


Maurice Tourneur


Charles Maigne (scenario), Mary S. Watts (novel)


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Cast overview:
Elsie Ferguson ... Jenny Cushing
Elliott Dexter ... Donelson Meigs
Fania Marinoff ... Marie
Frank Goldsmith Frank Goldsmith ... Mr. Harrish
Sallie Delatore Sallie Delatore ... Edith Gerrard
Mae Bates Mae Bates ... Granny
Edith McAlpin Edith McAlpin ... Mrs. Meigs
Isabel Vernon Isabel Vernon ... Aunt Carrie


Jennie Cushing, born from the wrong side of the tracks, must fight and claw for her existence. During one of her street battles, Jennie is hauled into court and remanded to a reformatory until she reaches eighteen. Upon her release, Jennie goes to the city and studies hairdressing, finally emerging as a full-fledged lady's maid. While attending her mistress, who is having her portrait painted by noted artist Donelson Meigs, Jennie falls in love with the painter. He asks her to marry him, but Jennie, fearing her reputation could ruin his career, refuses. Instead, she agrees to live with Meigs, but when her past is brought to light, she runs away. Meigs spends two years searching for Jennie, and when he finally finds her, again asks for her hand in marriage. After at first refusing, Jennie reconsiders and all ends happily with the reunion of the two lovers. Written by Pamela Short

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Release Date:

11 November 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rise of Jennie Cushing See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The Rise of Jenny Cushing ( 1917 ) is listed as a lost silent film. See more »

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