A Dream Or Two Ago

A print of "A Dream Or Two Ago" exists in the Netherlands and was apparently restored in 2004.

U.S.A. Release: November 27, 1916

Produced by: American Film Corporation
Distributed by: Mutual Film Corporation
Directed by: James Kirkwood
Scenario by: Arthur H. Gooden, basaed on a story by Henry Albert Phillips
Cinematography by: Carl Widen

Black & White
Five Reels
Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format

Mary Miles Minter as Millicent Hawthorne
Dodo Newton as Millicent, age 6
Lizette Thorne as Her Mother
Clarence Burton as Her Father
John Gough as Humpy
Orral Humphrey as Kraft
Gertrude Le Brandt
William A. Carroll

A "poor" little rich girl, Millicent Hawthorne (played by Mary Miles Minter), wanders off from home and finds herself caught up in a jewelry store robbery where she falls, thereafter suffering from amnesia. Mother Gumpf, one of the ringleaders of the thieves, carries the young girl off and starts caring for her. Gumpf, being less than virtuous, trains Millicent in the art of being a pickpocket which, as we all know, is what happens to young girls that get carried off during holdups.

Growing into adolesence, the young Millicent winds up working as a cabaret dancer and is, apparently, recognized by a friend of her real parents who have been searching for her, in vain, since she disappeared. The film concludes, happily, as Millicent is reunited with her socialite mother and an operation restores her memory.

* Copies of "A Dream Or Two Ago" exist at the Nederlands Filmmuseum film archive, as well as the La Cineteca del Friuli archive. A restored version was screened at the Filmmuseum Biennale in 2005, along with "The Innocence of Lizette". As far as we know, there's been no further distribution of the film. Sadly, it's probably another instance of a restored, archived, film which will never be viewable by the vast majority of movie buffs. Please contact us if you know more.

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