My Little Sister (1919)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

According to trade paper Motion Picture News, "Evelyn Nesbit seems to have found a fitting subject for her subdued emotions" with this drama; in translation, it means that Nesbit wasn't much of an actress. Luckily, as Motion Picture News so eloquently points out, she doesn't have to do a whole lot here. While it's not typical Nesbit fare -- more often her films banked on her past as "the girl in the red velvet swing" whose crazed husband killed her ex-lover -- the subject matter is nonetheless pretty sensational for its era. It was based on a best-selling book by Elizabeth Robins. Nesbit is "the Elder Sister" who comes to London with her younger sibling, Bettina (Lillian Hall), to visit an aunt they've never met. Somehow word of their arrival filters down to a woman of very questionable character, and she meets them at the station, claiming to be the aunt. The innocent country girls (keep in mind that Nesbit was 35 when she made this picture) go with her to a strange house where the windows are barred. Then they sit down with some men that the "aunt" claims are dinner guests. One of the men tells the elder sister that she and Bettina have found themselves in a house of ill-repute, and he helps her to escape. She successfully makes her way to her real aunt, however, they can't go back for Bettina, because the she has carelessly forgotten to find out the house's address. After weeks go by and there's no sign of Bettina, it is clear that she has become but a statistic.