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Nellie, The Beautiful Cloak Model
Director: Emmett Flynn (Dir)
Release Date:   1924
Premiere Information:   release: 24 Feb or 2 Mar 1924
Duration (in feet):   6,098 or 6,533
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Claire Windsor (Nellie)  
    Betsy Ann Hisle (Nellie, at 5 years old)  
    Edmund Lowe (Jack Carroll)  
    Mae Busch (Polly Joy)  
    Raymond Griffith (Shorty Burchell)  
    Lew Cody (Walter Peck)  
    Hobart Bosworth (Thomas Lipton/Robert Horton)  
    Lilyan Tashman (Nita)  
    Dorothy Cumming (Mrs. Horton)  
    Will Walling (Blizzard Dugan)  
    Mayme Kelso (Miss Drake)  
    William Orlamond (Mosely)  
    Arthur Houseman    
    David Kirby (Gangsters)  

Summary: Nellie Horton, when mistreated by her father, is taken in charge by Thomas Lipton. She grows up in poverty not knowing her true identity as the heiress to her mother's millions. Upon the death of her benefactor, she becomes a model in a fashionable shop. There she falls into the hands of her mother's unscrupulous nephew, who contrives to do away with her in order to obtain her fortune. His final plan to destroy her is foiled when her lover, Jack Carroll, rescues her from the tracks of a speeding train. Finally, Nellie (Allyn Horton) is reunited with her mother and finds happiness. 

Production Company: Goldwyn Pictures  
Distribution Company: Goldwyn-Cosmopolitan Distributing Corp.  
Director: Emmett Flynn (Dir)
Writer: H. H. Van Loan (Adpt)
Photography: Lucien Andriot (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play Nellie the Beautiful Cloak Model; a Modern Panoramic Melodrama in 4 Acts and 15 Scenes by Owen Davis (publication undetermined).
Authors: Owen Davis

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Goldwyn Pictures 2/3/1924 dd/mm/yyyy LP19979

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Adoption
  Models
  Heiresses
  Parentage

Note: Style show displaying high fashion of this time. 

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