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Cinematography  Karl Brown
Distributor  Paramount Pictures
Country  United States
Director  Elmer Clifton
Genres  Comedy, Drama
Duration  
Language  Silent
Battling Jane movie poster
Release date  September 29, 1918 (1918-09-29)
Writer  Arnold Bennett (screenplay), Arnold Bennett (story)
Cast  Dorothy Gish (Jane), May Hall (Mrs. Sheldon), Katherine MacDonald (Poliet's daughter), Ernest Marion (Baby Sheldon), Bertram Grassby (The Crook), Adolph Lestina (Mr. Pollett)
Similar movies  Related Elmer Clifton movies

Battling Jane is an American silent melodrama film released in 1918. It was directed by Elmer Clifton as a vehicle for Dorothy Gish and included some patriotic overtones. According to the Progressive Silent Film List at SilentEra.com, it is not known whether the film currently survives.

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Plot

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Jane, a waitress at a small town Maine hotel, assumes guardianship of a baby whose mother has died. The baby's rakish father, Dr. Sheldon, conspires to steal prize money won by Jane after she enters the child in a baby show. Jane manages to hold the doctor and his accomplice at bay until help arrives, then uses the prize money to help the war effort by purchasing Liberty Bonds and donating the rest to the Red Cross.

Cast

  • Dorothy Gish as Jane
  • May Hall as Mrs. Sheldon
  • Katherine MacDonald as Poliet's daughter
  • Ernest Marion as Baby Sheldon
  • Bertram Grassby as The Crook
  • Adolph Lestina as Mr. Pollett
  • Kate Toncray as Charwoman
  • George Nichols as Dr. Sheldon (credited as George Nicholls)
  • Release

    The film was released in the United States in September, 1918, and in Canada shortly before the new year. In some venues it was accompanied by the comedy film The Goat with Fred Stone. It would be one of the most financially successful films made by Gish for Paramount.

    Battling Jane received good reviews for its performances and its scenario: "(T)hough by turns pure comedy and pure melodrama, (it) is logically and consistently told." A reviewer for the Toronto World thought Dorothy Gish "a marvel of cleverness... as charming as in any of her previous parts. Director Elmer Clifton leaves nothing to be desired, either in point of acting or investiture. The support is unusually capable." The Evening Post of Wellington, New Zealand, found the lead role "quaint"; nonetheless it praised both the "cleverly depicted" story and the leading lady: "There are hundreds of Janes in the world, no doubt... Ms. Gish portrays the character realistically."

    The film played at the Strand Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand in June, 1919.

    Like many American films of the time, Battling Jane was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required a cut, in Reel 2. of the knifing of a man in Jane's room and, in Reel 5, the last scene of man robbing the safe.

    References

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    Battling Jane IMDb Battling Jane themoviedb.org


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