A Daughter of the Poor

A Daughter of the Poor is a 1917 American silent comedy-drama film produced by Fine Arts Film Company and released by Triangle Film Corporation. The film was directed by Edward Dillon and starred young Bessie Love.

Although incomplete, prints of the film survive at the George Eastman House.


Although she and her family are poor, Rose (Love) is very generous to a lame child Lola (Giraci). Her kindness captures the attention of wealthy publisher Stevens (Stockdale), whose interest in Rose angers her beau Creig (Beranger), who is a worker and radical writer. When her uncle is imprisoned, Rose goes to the father of Stevens (Stewart) to have him released. He is impressed by Rose, and learns about Lola, deciding to adopt her. Creig follows Rose to the Stevens home, and is surprised to find that they published his radical treatise, and are prepared to pay him for his work.


  • Bessie Love as Rose Eastman
  • Max Davidson as Joe Eastman
  • George Beranger as Rudolph Creig
  • Carl Stockdale as James Stevens
  • Roy Stewart as Jack Stevens
  • Mae Giraci (as Tina Rossi) as Lola
  • Carmel Myers as Hazel Fleming


    In production, the film was known as The Doll Shop and The Spitfire.


    Overall, the film received mixed reviews. One review deemed the production as "flawless" and declared Love's performance was "her best ... thus far." Variety noted issues with continuity. Another review said that the film was "not up to the Triangle standard."