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The Yankee Girl
Director: J. J. Clark (Dir)
Release Date:   25 Oct 1915
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Blanche Ring (Jessie Gordon)  
    Forrest Stanley (Jack Lawrence)  
    Herbert Standing (President Ambroce Castroba)  
    Howard Davies (James Seavey)  
    Harry Fisher Jr. (Willie Fitzmaurice)  
    Robert Dunbar (Philip Gordon)  
    Joe Ray (Ramon Morales)  
    Bonita Darling (Winnie Gordon)  
    Lydia Yeamans Titus (Jessie's aunt)  
    Syd de Grey (Wiggs)  

Summary: Resourceful, spunky Jessie Gordon aids her wealthy father Philip in purchasing a copper mine in South America by agreeing to deliver a down payment to President Ambroce Castroba before the rival Pacific Copper Company secures the deal. While Philip sails his yacht, The Yankee Girl , toward port with the second half of the payment, Jessie connives to get Castroba drunk and, not only accept her bid for the mine, but loan her fifty dollars as well. Furious at Jessie's victory, Pacific Copper representative James Seavey ambushes Philip's yacht and by bribing local officials, has it quarantined. Jessie counters by enlisting help from a former sweetheart, Jack Lawrence, who works as the American consul. Using his political savvy, Jack buys The Yankee Girl and declares it government property. Seavey engages Jack in a fist fight to prevent him from claiming the cash on the boat but is soundly defeated by the consul. Rescuing her father with minutes to spare, Jessie and her entourage arrive at the president's in time to close the deal on the copper mine. 

Production Company: The Oliver Morosco Photoplay Co.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: J. J. Clark (Dir)
Writer: Elliott J. Clawson (Scen)
Photography: Dal Clawson (Cam)
Music: George W. Beynon (Mus accompaniment selected and arr by)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the play The Yankee Girl by George V. Hobart (New York, 10 Feb 1910).
Authors: George V. Hobart

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Bosworth, Inc. 30/9/1915 dd/mm/yyyy LP6563

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Business competition
  Fathers and daughters
  Latin America
  United States. Diplomatic and consular service
  Yachts and yachting
Subjects (Minor): Abduction
  Americans in foreign countries
  Copper mines

Note: According to contemporary sources, Morosco paid $1,500. for the picture rights to this play. The film was shot in California and contains shots of the Catalina Islands, the historic Fernandez Sanchez ranchhouse and the Hotel Huntington in Pasadena. Blanche Ring also starred in the original Broadway production of this play. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   28 Aug 15   p. 411.
Motog   9 Oct 15   p. 760.
Motog   6 Nov 15   p. 969, 993
MPN   15 May 15   p. 69.
MPN   16 Oct 15   p. 66.
MPN   6 Nov 15   pp. 88-89.
MPW   30 Oct 15   p. 984, 1034
NYDM   23 Oct 15   p. 31.
NYDM   30 Oct 15   p. 32.
Variety   22 Oct 15   p. 23.

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