Daddy's Girl (1918)

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"Baby Marie" Osborne was the Shirley Temple of the 1910s, but this routine picture certainly didn't add to her stardom. Its plot is so old it sports cobwebs -- Baby Marie's great uncle, William Nordly (Herbert Standing), dies and leaves her a fortune, with her mother (Marion Warner) as guardian. But legalities don't matter much to Marie's father, John (Lew Cody, well cast in this role) -- he proceeds to throw the money away frivolously and decides to romance an old sweetheart. His behavior causes his wife to have a nervous breakdown. Marie goes searching for him in "the dead of night," and brings him to her mother's bedside. At last John realizes what a cad he's been and the family is reunited. As melodramatic as this sounds, the picture was supposed to be a comedy. It had various scenes of Baby Marie doing her usual cute stuff -- playing with her kittens, putting on a kiddie circus, etc.