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Cinematography  Frank B. Good
Country  United States
6.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Romance
Story by  Bernard McConville
Duration  
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Language  Silent English intertitles
Director  Chester M. Franklin Sidney A. Franklin
Writer  Bernard McConville (story)
Release date  September 3, 1916 (1916-09-03)
Directors  Sidney Franklin, Chester Franklin
Cast  Dorothy Gish (Gretchen Van Houck), Ralph Lewis (Jan Van Houck), Eugene Pallette (Rodgers), Elmo Lincoln (Mystery Ship Captain)
Similar movies  Going 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.

Contents

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.

Cast

  • 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
  • Preservation status

    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.

    Similar Movies

    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).

    Home media

    It is included in the 2004 DVD box set More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931.

    References

    Gretchen the Greenhorn Wikipedia
    Gretchen the Greenhorn IMDbGretchen the Greenhorn themoviedb.org


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