A Sister of Six

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A Sister of Six
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Directed by Chester M. Franklin
Sidney Franklin
Written by Bernard McConville
Starring Bessie Love
Cinematography David Abel
Production
company
Distributed by Triangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 29, 1916 (1916-10-29)(U.S.)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

A Sister of Six is a 1916 American silent Western drama film produced by the Fine Arts Film Company and distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. The film was directed by brothers Chester M. and Sidney Franklin. [1] [2] This was Bessie Love's first starring role. [3]

Contents

Incomplete home-movie condensation of A Sister of Six with German titles.

The film is considered lost, as only a fragment survives. [4]

Production

The hacienda set was built on the Lasky Ranch. [5]

Rehearsals for the film commenced on August 4, 1916. [5]

Plot

In 1860, Prudence (Love) and her six siblings are orphaned when their father is killed by bandits. Prudence becomes a surrogate mother to them, and moves the family from Southern California to New England to live with an old sailor uncle. When they learn that gold was discovered on their land in California, they all return to claim the gold by fighting the bandits who have taken over their land. [3] [6] [7] [8]

Cast

Release and reception

On its release, it was shown with a Mack Sennett/Keystone comedy. [9] [10]

The film received generally positive reviews. The performances, especially those of the child actors, were praised as well. [11] [12] Despite positive reviews for Bessie Love's performance, [13] it was noted that she was not yet a box office draw. [11] [14]

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