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Ella Cinders (1926)

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Silent film star Colleen Moore and Charlie Plumb's comic strip character Ella Cinders had two basic things in common: their dutch-bob haircuts and their winsome, wide-eyed charm. As played by Ms. Moore, Ella is a moviestruck small-town girl who wins a talent contest purportedly sponsored by a film studio. First prize is a trip to Hollywood and a screen test, but when Ella arrives in Tinseltown, she discovers that the contest was a fraud. Momentarily disheartened, Ella vows to get into pictures by any means possible. Finally wangling a screen test, Ella convinces producers that she is a great dramatic actress by reacting in terror to a fire that has accidentally broken out on the set. She realizes her dream of becoming a star--at least until her hometown boyfriend Lloyd Hughes offers a "lifetime contract" of his own. A thoroughly delightful minor effort, Ella Cinders displays Colleen Moore at her peak, notably in one sequence in which she imitates her contemporary Lillian Gish; there's even time left over for a brief cameo from comedy great Harry Langdon.

Cast

Colleen Moore
as Ella Cinders
Lloyd Hughes
as Waite Lifter
Vera Lewis
as "Mu" Cinders
Doria Baker
as Lotta Pill
Emily Gerdes
as Prissy Pill
Mike Donlin
as Studio Gateman
Jed Prouty
as The Mayor
Jack Duffy
as The Fire Chief
Harry Allen
as The Photographer
D'Arcy Corrigan
as The Editor
Alfred E. Green
as The Director
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