Fun Size Review: Gretchen the Greenhorn (1916)

A rare treat from Dorothy Gish’s solo career, as most of her 1910s films are lost and few are available on home media. It’s a story of life in the tenements and it’s all fun and games until someone starts a counterfeiting ring.

Dorothy plays a cute little number from the Netherlands, who falls for a nice Italian boy. That’s all well and good but Eugene Pallette is lurking about, the foul counterfeiter! Light as a feather but highly enjoyable.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
The nasty counterfeiters kidnap Gretchen but the police save the day and it all ends with a wedding.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: A Snickerdoodle. America and the Netherlands can do tasty things when they join forces.

Availability: Alas, only released as part of the out of print More Treasures from American Film Archives box set.


  1. Keith S.

    Lovely to see Eugene Pallette mentioned in silent films. I bet he was one of those not expected to make the transition to talkies!

  2. Paul Fitzpatrick

    I have the DVD set; I wrote a review of it years ago. It is unfortunate that this is out of print.

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