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Ella Cinders (1926)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 6 June 1926 (USA)
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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Alfred E. Green

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Mervyn LeRoy (story), Frank Griffin (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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A COMEDY ON THE MOVIES WITH THE IRREPRESSIBLE COLEEN MOORE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kari Træstak See more »

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Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Had its Los Angeles premiere on Friday, July 2, 1926, two days before America turned 150 years old. This was the second Colleen Moore film of 1926; it has become the most famous film of her career. See more »

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Good for a rainy day...
25 April 2007 | by strsfgoldSee all my reviews

Months ago I hunted down this film for Coleen Moore since I had never seen her in anything before and I wish to give every silent film star a chance. Imagine my surprise! Not only was Coleen a completely wonderful entertainer but Ella Cinders also turns out to be a little forgotten gem of silent cinema.

Although nothing earth shattering, that's fine because nobody wants to be overwhelmed with huge epics all the time. Occasionally everyone wants to escape into an easy, breezy, cute comedy they can just laugh at and enjoy. Ella Cinders accomplishes this.

Basically a simple Cinderella story, Moore stars as Ella, a girl who's sadly mistreated by her step-family (a mother and two sisters). The only light in her life seems to be her good guy friend Waite (played by gorgeous Lloyd Hughes). When a Hollywood contest comes to town, looking for a lovely new girl to turn into a star, Ella is determined to win. Everything takes off from there and quickly the story twists, turns, and does cartwheels into one of the funniest comedies of the silent era.

Coleen makes the movie a riot with her comedic talent. She really shines during the scene when she goes to have her picture taken and a fly keeps landing on her nose whenever the impatient camera man tries to snap the photo. Priceless. Harry Langdon has a short appearance as himself and is funny as always.

The Grapevine video for this movie doesn't have the best print and the organ score doesn't fit the flow of the film at all - but unfortunately it is the only choice we have.

Have you had a hard day? Boss nagging you? Homework building up? Pop in Ella Cinders and forget it all. Let it take you away.


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