Nina, the Flower Girl (1917)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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In this completely implausible silent picture, Bessie Love plays Nina, a blind flower girl and Elmer Clifton is Jimmie, the hunchbacked newsboy who loves her. Nina has some wealthy friends and one of them decides to pay to have her sight restored. Jimmie, who knows that Nina imagines him to be hale and handsome, goes away, determined to throw himself in front of a train and end it all. That's all anyone knows about the hunchback until the end, when Nina is about to marry the man who paid for her operation. Just then, Jimmie walks through the door -- completely healed of his deformities. The same doctor who had taken care of Nina has seen to it that Jimmie's deformity was corrected. Even in the days of silent films, this scenario was too much for viewers to take.

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doctor/nurse, family, flowers, friendship, front-line, handsome, hunchback, love, newspaper, operation, sight, suicide, sweetheart, train [locomotive], visual