A Corner in Cotton

A Corner in Cotton is a five-reel silent film melodrama produced in 1916 by Quality Pictures and distributed by Metro Pictures. The movie was filmed at studios in New York and California and on locations near Savannah, Georgia. A Corner in Cotton was directed by Fred J. Balshofer, with the assistance of Howard Truesdell and adapted for film by Charles A. Taylor from a story by Anita Loos. [1] The film was released on February 21, 1916, with Marguerite Snow in the starring role.

A Corner in Cotton
Directed byFred J. Balshofer
Screenplay byCharles A. Taylor
Story byAnita Loos
StarringMarguerite Snow
William Clifford
Frank Bacon
Quality Pictures
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • February 1916 (1916-02)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States


A Corner in Cotton tells the story of Peggy Ainslee, the daughter of a wealthy New York cotton broker, and John Carter, the son of a Southern cotton mill owner. Peggy grows weary of society life and decides to help improve the lot of the poor by becoming involved with the Settlement movement. She later travels south to investigate working conditions at Carter's cotton mill. Peggy manages to gain employment there, but soon attracts the unwanted advances of the mill foreman. John saves her from the would-be masher and the couple eventually fall in love. This becomes a problem with their fathers who had become business antagonist. In the end Peggy and John married after she foils her father's attempt to ruin Carter by cornering the market in cotton and then persuades the two men to settle their differences.[1]


Marguerite Snow ... Peggy Ainslee
William Clifford ... Richard Ainslee
Frank Bacon ... Col. Robert Carter
Helen Dunbar ... Mrs. Carter
Wilfred Rogers ... John Carter
Zella Caull (as Zella Call) ... Isabel Rawlston
Howard Truesdale (as Howard Truesdell) ... Charles Hathaway
Lester Cuneo ... Willis Jackson
John Goldsworthy (as J.H. Goldsworthy) ... Algie Sherwood


  1. "The Moving Picture World". World Photographic Publishing Company. 23 November 2017. p. 1850. Retrieved 23 November 2017 via Google Books.
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