In the Bishop's Carriage (1913)

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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

Co-directed (with J. Searle Dawley) by Edwin S. Porter, this 5-reel melodrama from Mary Pickford's early days with Famous Players-Lasky centered on Nance, a young girl who escapes an orphanage only to team up with a crook (David Wall). Fleeing the authorities following a failed diamond heist, Nance jumps into the clerical carriage of the title and finds redemption. She becomes a chorus girl, but the crook wants her back. Happily, a handsome theatrical agent (House Peters) manages to save the girl before she suffers the mandatory (for this kind of melodrama) fate worse than death. Reportedly, this was the first and last film seen by Pickford's Catholic grandmother who mistakenly assumed it to be a religious subject and was thus horrified watching her granddaughter prance around in chorus girl attire. Miriam Michelson's story was filmed again in 1920, this time as She Couldn't Help It and starring Bebe Daniels as Nance.