The Rainbow Princess (1916)

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Hope (Ann Pennington) has an act in a traveling circus where she is "the rainbow princess" and performs a Hula dance. The owner of the circus pawns the girl off on Judge Daingerfield (Grant Stewart) as his long-lost granddaughter. Hope goes to live with the judge, and to the horror of his upstanding family, insists on having the circus performers over as her guests. But the whole ruse, unbeknownst to her, is so that the circus owner's sons can rob the judge. The men are caught, and Hope believes that the judge thinks she was in league with them so she leaves. But he and his nephew Warren Reynolds (William Courtleigh, Jr.) -- who has fallen in love with her -- track her down and ask her to come back. One interesting note about this film is that the studio, Famous Players, used a real traveling circus, various acts and freaks included, instead of trying to re-create it on the back lot (such as back lots were in 1916). Also, Ann Pennington had recently come to film from the Follies, where she made a stir with the very same Hula dance she does here. And, refreshingly, she did without the heavy make-up actors often wore in those days and went in for more of a natural look.



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