Little Meena's Romance (1916)

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Produced by D.W. Griffith, Little Meena's Romance was adapted for the screen by F. M. Pierson from his own novel Katie Bauer. Dorothy Gish plays wide-eyed heroine Meena Bauer, a Pennsylvania Dutch lass. Expected to marry local boy Jacob Kunz (Robert Lawlor) and thereby unify the valuable farmlands owned by the Bauer and Kunz family, Little Meena surprises 'em all by marrying a German nobleman, Count Frederich Von Ritz (Owen Moore). But first, of course, the audience is treated to the standard deceptions, wherein the Count is assumed to be a humble book agent and Meena is mistaken for a household servant. In addition to the presence of Lillian Gish's sister, Little Meena's Romance was distinguished by the performance of Marguerite Marsh, the sister of Mae Marsh. Unfortunately, the film is now considered lost, the unhappy fate of many another pre-1920 Dorothy Gish vehicle.