A Daughter of the Poor

A Daughter of the Poor is a 1917 American silent comedy-drama[3] film produced by Fine Arts Film Company and released by Triangle Film Corporation.[1] The film was directed by Edward Dillon and starred young Bessie Love.[1][3]

A Daughter of the Poor
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Directed byEdward Dillon
Written byAnita Loos[1]
StarringBessie Love
CinematographyPhilip R. Du Bois[2]
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • March 18, 1917 (1917-03-18) (U.S.)
Running time
5 reels[1][2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Although incomplete, prints of the film survive at the George Eastman House.[4][5][6][7]


Although she and her family are poor, Rose (Love) is very generous to a lame child Lola (Giraci). Her kindness captures the attention of wealthy publisher Stevens (Stockdale), whose interest in Rose angers her beau Creig (Beranger), who is a worker and radical writer. When her uncle is imprisoned, Rose goes to the father of Stevens (Stewart) to have him released. He is impressed by Rose, and learns about Lola, deciding to adopt her. Creig follows Rose to the Stevens home, and is surprised to find that they published his radical treatise, and are prepared to pay him for his work.[2][8][9]


Film still


In production, the film was known as The Doll Shop and The Spitfire.[10]


Overall, the film received mixed reviews. One review deemed the production as "flawless" and declared Love's performance was "her best ... thus far."[1] Variety noted issues with continuity.[2] Another review said that the film was "not up to the Triangle standard."[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e Harrison, Louis Reeves (March 24, 1917). "Reviews of Current Productions". The Moving Picture World. Vol. 31 no. 12. Chalmers Publishing Company. p. 1949.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Film Reviews". Variety. Vol. 46 no. 4. New York, NY: Variety Publishing Company. March 23, 1914. p. 24.
  3. ^ a b The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: A Daughter of the Poor
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: A Daughter of the Poor
  5. ^ "A Daughter of the Poor – [Incomplete] – 35 mm nitrate master positive". Eastman Museum.
  6. ^ "A Daughter of the Poor – [Incomplete]". Eastman Museum.
  7. ^ "A Daughter of the Poor – [Incomplete] – 35 mm polyester positive print". Eastman Museum.
  8. ^ Langman, Larry (1998). American Film Cycles: The Silent Era. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-30657-0. ISSN 0742-6933.
  9. ^ Shull, Michael Slade (September 3, 2015). "The Filmography, 1917". Radicalism in American Silent Films, 1909–1929: A Filmography and History. McFarland. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-4766-1103-7.
  10. ^ "Triangle Title Changed". Motography. Vol. 7 no. 6. February 10, 1917. p. 312.
  11. ^ Campbell, S.A. (January 12, 1918). "What the Picture Did for Me". Motography. Vol. 19 no. 2. p. 54.

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