A Bachelor's Children (1918)

Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Alice Terry had yet to team up with her future husband, director Rex Ingram, when she starred in this pleasant little Vitagraph romance. She is Penelope Winthrop who, along with her two little sisters, is left poverty-stricken when her father dies. The father had been swindled out of his mine by a mercenary companion who kept everything for himself. When the swindler died, he left all his fortune to his nephew, Hugh Jordan (Harry Morey). Jordan is enjoying his newfound wealth when Penelope and her sisters, acting on a note left by their dead father, show up at his doorstep. Since he's not the crook his uncle was, Jordan offers to let the girls stay at his mansion while he looks into the matter. An attraction develops between Jordan and Penelope, which dismays Mrs. Beaumont (Florence Deshon), a widow who was hoping to land Jordan -- and his money -- herself. With the help of Larry Kendall (Denton Vane), she plots to get the girl out of the house. She's almost successful when she tells Penelope that she already has a claim on Jordan. The sisters warn Jordan, however, and he puts a halt to the plot. Although technically the girls have no claim on his money, Jordan offers to give it all to them, but Penelope insists that the fortune means nothing to her unless she can be his wife.