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Ella Cinders (1926)

Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood, ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Colleen Moore ... Ella Cinders
Lloyd Hughes ... Waite Lifter
Vera Lewis ... Ma Cinders
Doris Baker Doris Baker ... Lotta Pill
Emily Gerdes Emily Gerdes ... Prissy Pill
Mike Donlin ... Film Studio Gateman
Jed Prouty ... Mayor
Jack Duffy ... Fire Chief
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... Photographer
Alfred E. Green ... Director
D'Arcy Corrigan D'Arcy Corrigan ... Editor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madalynne Field Madalynne Field


Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood, where she is promised a job in the movies. When she arrives in Hollywood, she discoves that the contest was a scam and the job non-existant. But through pluck, luck, and talent, she makes it in the movies anyway, and finds true love. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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6 June 1926 (USA) See more »

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O Prêmio de Beleza See more »

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ELLA CINDERS had its world premiere in Buffalo, New York at Shea's Buffalo Theatre, on 31 May 1926. (Buffalo Evening News, 28 May 1926) See more »


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And Ella lived happily ever after
14 April 2015 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

This Cinderella story stars the wonderful Colleen Moore as the much put upon Ella Cinders. Ella is the household drudge for her nasty step-sisters (Lotta and Prissy Pill) and step-mother. Ella's one pal is the iceman, Waite Lifter. Ella's chance to escape comes when the Gem Studio is promoting a movie contest ball. Among the funniest scenes in the movie are when Ella goes to a professional photographer to get the photo needed for the contest. As she's leaving her house, a title card informs us that "When Ella got into her good clothes, six moths laughed until they died." The session with the photographer does not go well for Ella (but it does for audience!)- thanks to a pesky fly. That and the bit Ella does with her eyes were amazing and funny. Much to the chagrin of her step-relatives, Ella wins the contest because the judges were sure Hollywood needed an actress who could cross her eyes while looking at a fly on her nose. Arriving in Hollywood, Ella does not have the reception she expected, but perseveres and through some clever studio gate crashing (and the amusing help from Harry Langdon), Ella lands a long term movie contract. But, she gives it all up to marry her Prince Charming, the erstwhile Waite Lifter (actually George Waite, the son of a wealthy businessman). Once a little boy iceman cometh, Ella's life seems a perfect Hollywood ending. Well, Ella certainly earned it. As every reviewer has commented, Colleen Moore was a joy to watch and makes it worth seeing this movie more than once.

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