A woman disowned by her wealthy father sneaks her young daughter into his life, sending the girl into his household via a Christmas basket. Soon the girl, whom they call Sunbeam, "warms a cold and vacant spot in his heart." The man's daughter then re-enters the household as a trained nurse sent to care for the girl when she becomes gravely ill. A story of rigid patriarchal authority softened by paternal affection, one of several Guy-Blaché films where clever heroines outsmart overbearing fathers.
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"Provides a rare opportunity to see some of the greatest films helmed by early Hollywood’s intrepid women... filling in the blanks of the past and reclaiming the medium’s forgotten stories."
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"...an essential piece of film history, and engaging viewing besides."
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Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid