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The Little Boy Scout
Director: Francis J. Grandon (Dir)
Release Date:   28 Jul 1917
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Ann Pennington (Justina Howland)  
    Owen Moore (Thomas Morton)  
    Fraunie Fraunholtz (Miguel Alvarez)  
    Marcia Harris (Elizabeth Howland)  
    George Burton (Luis Alvarez)  
    Harry Lee (Sergeant Jones)  

Summary: After the death of her American father and Mexican mother, Justina Kneeland lives in Mexico with her mother's brother, who plans to marry the girl to his son in order to gain control of the rich mines that the orphan will inherit. To avoid the marriage, Justina runs away and starts for the home of her Aunt Elizabeth who lives in Lowell, Massachusetts. Detained at the border by American troops, Justina is befriended by Lieutenant Thomas Morgan, who helps her to reach her aunt's house. The uncle pursues her to Lowell, and in order to escape being taken back to Mexico, Justina disguises herself as a boy scout and joins the troop, now under the command of Lieutenant Morton, who has also come to Lowell. When the uncle overtakes the scouts and tries to force Justina to go with him, he discovers that he is too late because Justina has become Mrs. Thomas Morton. 

Production Company: Famous Players Film Co.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Francis J. Grandon (Dir)
Writer: Charles Sarver (Story and scen)
Photography: William Marshall (Cam)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players Film Co. 25/6/1917 dd/mm/yyyy LP11009

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Drama
Subjects (Major): Escapes
  Mexican Americans
Subjects (Minor): Aunts
  Boy Scouts
  Lowell (MA)
  Male impersonation
  Mexican-American border region
  Officers (Military)
  United States. Army

Note: One review calls the character played by Ann Pennington, "Justina Kneeland," and that played by Marcia Harris, "Elizabeth Kneeland." 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   14 Jul 17   p. 416.
Motog   21 Jul 17   p. 156.
MPN   21 Jul 17   p. 434.
MPW   28 Jul 17   p. 652, 695
NYDM   14 Jul 17   p. 17.
Variety   13 Jul 17   p. 26.
Wid's   12 Jul 17   p. 444.

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