GenreCrime, Drama, Romance Story byBernard McConville Duration
English intertitles DirectorChester M. Franklin
Sidney A. Franklin WriterBernard McConville (story) Release dateSeptember 3, 1916 (1916-09-03) DirectorsSidney Franklin, Chester Franklin CastDorothy Gish (Gretchen Van Houck), Ralph Lewis (Jan Van Houck), Eugene Pallette (Rodgers), Elmo Lincoln (Mystery Ship Captain) Similar moviesGoing Straight (1916)
Gretchen the Greenhorn is an American silent film released in 1916. The film stars Dorothy Gish as a Dutch girl who emigrates to America to be with her father; they become entangled with a counterfeiting ring. Set in an immigrant section of an American city, the film avoids heavy stereotyping, according to the booklet accompanying the DVD release notes.
Gretchen Van Houck is just arriving in the USA, on a ship from Holland. She joins her father, who has already spent several years in America, where he owns an engraving business. In the tenement community where the Van Houcks live, there are residents of many nationalities. Gretchen soon becomes close friends with Pietro, a popular resident, and she also takes an interest in the widow Garrity and her children. Another resident, Rogers, is more mysterious. One day Rogers tells Mr. Van Houck that he could help him get a job printing money for the government. Van Houck eagerly agrees to try, but when he finds out what Rogers is really doing, he is placed in a painful dilemma.
Dorothy Gish as Gretchen Van Houck
Ralph Lewis as Jan Van Houck
Eugene Pallette as Rodgers
Elmo Lincoln as Mystery Ship Captain
Frank Bennett as Pietro
Georgie Stone as Little Nicky Garrity
Kate Bruce as Widow Garrity
The only known complete copy was donated by Galen Biery to the Hollywood Studio Museum in 1991. Fully restored, it was presented at a UCLA film festival in 1993 and is in the Museum of Modern Art and UCLA Film and Television Archives.
Going Straight (1916). The Children in the House (1916). Dorothy Gish appears in Gretchen the Greenhorn and Hearts of the World. Madame Curie (1943). The Good Earth (1937).
It is included in the 2004 DVD box set More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931.