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Etta of the Footlights (1914)

Short | Drama, Short

Etta Lang, a chorus girl, is the principal support of an invalid mother and her sister and brother, not only working at the theater, but looking after their small boarding house. Among their lodgers is Brutus Bellamy, an old actor. He ...See moreEtta Lang, a chorus girl, is the principal support of an invalid mother and her sister and brother, not only working at the theater, but looking after their small boarding house. Among their lodgers is Brutus Bellamy, an old actor. He becomes interested in the girl, and offers to teach her acting. She learns rapidly. She arrives at the theater late and is abused by the stage manager, Joseph Burton. Cecil Wentworth, one of the backers of the theater, takes her part and becomes interested in her. Irene St. Maur, the leading lady, throws up her part and leaves the company in the lurch. Etta offers to take her place. The management takes a desperate chance and puts her in. She makes good. Cecil now becomes very attentive to her, but she refuses all his advances. One night, in a pouring rain, he persuades her to let him drive her home in his car. She consents, and he secretly bids the chauffeur drive out to his villa, outside the city limits. Brutus, who is on his way to the theater, sees her in the machine, and, suspecting treachery, follows them in a taxi. Under pretense, the auto breaks down, and Cecil gets Etta to enter the villa. There he tells her where she is and tries to caress her. She repulses him. Brutus appears at the veranda window. Etta admits him, and, stepping forward, Brutus points to Cecil's mother's picture, hanging in the room, asking him how he dare insult another woman in the presence of that picture. Brutus leads Etta away. A year later she has made great strides in her profession, and is able to keep her mother in comfort. Cecil, who is really in love with her, writes Etta, begging forgiveness, and she, who has always loved him since the first day he protected her, gladly forgives him and consents to become his wife. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Maurice Costello
Lord Wentworth Lord Wentworth   See fewer
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Mary Charleson
Etta Lang Etta Lang   See fewer
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Jane Fearnley
Irene St. Maur Irene St. Maur   See fewer
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Gladden James
Jack Chester Jack Chester   See fewer
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Charles Kent
Brutus Belamy Brutus Belamy   See fewer
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Robert Gaillard
A Theatrical Producer A Theatrical Producer   See fewer
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Dolores Costello
Actress Actress   See fewer
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Helene Costello
Actress Actress   See fewer
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