The Princess of Patches (1917)

Patches, a beautiful girl, lives with her foster-mother, Liza Biggs, who dresses her in rags. She is surprised to see Judas, the overseer, give Liza a locket. Jack Merry arrives to purchase... See full summary »


Alfred E. Green (as Al Green)


Mark Swan (play), Gilson Willets




Cast overview:
Violet De Biccari ... The Princess of Patches
Vivian Reed ... The Princess of Patches
Burke Wilbur Burke Wilbur ... Jack Merry
Hildor Hoberg Hildor Hoberg ... Colonel Silverthorne
Roy Southerland Roy Southerland ... Lee Silverthorne
Cora Lambert Cora Lambert ... Juliet
Frank Weed ... Waggles
Charles Le Moyne ... Judas
Maude Baker Maude Baker ... Liza Biggs
R.H. Kelly R.H. Kelly ... The Sheriff


Patches, a beautiful girl, lives with her foster-mother, Liza Biggs, who dresses her in rags. She is surprised to see Judas, the overseer, give Liza a locket. Jack Merry arrives to purchase cotton from Colonel Silverthorne, a Southern gentleman of the old school, who looks after his dead brother's estate, for his niece and nephew, Juliet and Lee. Col. Silverthorne tells Merry that years ago his brother chastised a field hand named Judas, and that little Selma disappeared. Her mother died of grief, while her father had not been seen since, on one occasion, he rowed to a houseboat, and was supposed to have been murdered; and that according to his will, the entire estate was to go to his missing daughter Selma if found within twenty years. If not, the estate was to be divided between Juliet and Lee. That night Judas demands money from Lee on penalty of disclosing the whereabouts of Selma. In the meantime, Merry meets Patches and kisses her hand, exclaiming "May the Princess of Patches ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

22 January 1917 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A well-connected and interesting story for the screen
17 November 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Gilson Willets performed wonders on the script of Swan's melodrama to reduce it to working shape for Director Al Green, who, in turn, has succeeded in giving us a well-connected and interesting story for the screen. And William N. Selig, president of the Selig Polyscope Co., has given us real southern scenes in Mississippi, the locale of the story, where the producing company spent several weeks. He has also furnished a company of players that ably meets the requirements of the cast. Thanks to Director Green there is no need to outline the story of "The Princess of Patches." The pictures tell it throughout without a single "dark" spot. There are several places where these "dark" spots might have easily occurred, but the clear vision and the care of the director have avoided them. Everyone who sees this picture will be delighted with the acting of Violet De Biccari in the part of "Patches," when she was a little girl, bare-legged and shabbily-clothed. The scene showing her scanty attire is carried off by the well-meaning knight of the road. Waggles, will raise many a smile, with pathos close beside each of them. Vivian Reed is "Patches" "growed" up, and very charming does she appear. The scene where the designing young lady teaches her lover how to propose will stir mirth in the hearts of both old and young. The leading "heavy," Judas, is very well acted by Charles Le Moyne. I understand that this young actor is the son of that fine old actor of the same name, who, years ago, was the recognized leader in refined comedy roles, and who made such a hit in "The Charity Ball." I wish for the son the great popularity of his father. Frank Weed's Waggles, a somewhat different tramp, is a fine characterization. As Jack Merry, the "prince," Bruce Wilbur will demand his share of attention, and the Colonel Silverthorne of Hildor Hoberg should win favor as a well- drawn Southern gentleman. – The Moving Picture World, January 27, 1917

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