Susan Rocks the Boat (1916)

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Dorothy Gish was seen at her light-comedy best in the Fine Arts production Susan Rocks the Boat. Gish plays the title character, a wealthy young woman with no discernible purpose in life and a propensity for getting into trouble. Inspired by the exploits of her role model, Joan of Arc, Susan decides to open a mission in the tenement district. Fortunately, our heroine does not carry her idolatry so far that she ends up being burned at the stake. Instead, she meets and marries Larry O'Neill (Owen Moore), the idealistic son of a slum politician. A melodrama finale, in which Larry is shot by a disgruntled office seeker and nursed back to health by Susan, was the only truly sombre touch in this otherwise chucklesome five-reeler.