Prudence the Pirate (1916)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Comedy  |  
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Prudence (Gladys Hulette) lives in a world of fantasy. Her aunt (Flora Finch) wants her to make her debut in society and marry Astorbilt, a nice but wimpy young man (Barnett Parker). But Prudence couldn't care less; she'd rather listen to the pirate stories that butler Meeks (Riley Chamberlin) likes to tell. In fact, she's so inspired by these tales that she hires a ship and some crusty old crewmen and turns them all into pirates. With their help she kidnaps her aunt and Astorbilt and holds them on the ship. Being pressed into a life of hard work gives Astorbilt the character he's been sorely lacking, and when a fire breaks out on board, he saves Prue's life. This silly story was made palatable by the presence of some fine comic talent, especially Flora Finch and Riley Chamberlin.