Crippled Hand (1916)

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One assumes that director Robert Z. Leonard handled all the scenes in The Crippled Hand in which star Robert Z. Leonard did not appear, and that co-director David Kirkland handled the rest. Diminutive heroine Ella Hall dreams that she's Cinderella, and that a wealthy gentleman of her acquaintance (played by Leonard) is her Prince Charming. All of this takes place during a musical stage production of Cinderella, a sequence distinguished by its authentic backstage atmosphere. The double-exposure work in the fantasy sequences were reportedly topnotch, making it all the more unfortunate that the film is no longer available for viewing. The title refers to a subordinate character, played by Kingsley Benedict, who serves as a last-minute plot-resolver.