A Sister of Six

A Sister of Six is a 1916 American silent Western drama film produced by the Fine Arts Film Company and distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. The film was directed by brothers Chester M. and Sidney Franklin.[1][2] This was Bessie Love's first starring role.[3]

A Sister of Six
Directed byChester M. Franklin
Sidney Franklin
Written byBernard McConville
StarringBessie Love
CinematographyDavid Abel
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 29, 1916 (1916-10-29)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film is presumed lost.


The hacienda set was built on the Lasky Ranch.[4]

Rehearsals for the film commenced on August 4, 1916.[4]


In 1860, Prudence (Love) and her six siblings are orphaned when their father is killed by bandits. Prudence becomes a surrogate mother to them, and moves the family from Southern California to New England to live with an old sailor uncle. When they learn that gold was discovered on their land in California, they all return to claim the gold by fighting the bandits who have taken over their land.[3][5][6][7]


  • Ben Lewis as Amos Winthrop
  • Bessie Love as Prudence
  • Georgie Stone as Jonathan
  • Violet Radcliffe as Eli
  • Carmen De Rue as Priscilla
  • Francis Carpenter as Benjamin
  • Beulah Burns as Abigail
  • Lloyd Perl as Allan
  • Ralph Lewis as Caleb Winthrop
  • Frank Bennett as Joaquin Sepulveda
  • Allan Sears as Don Francisco Garcia
  • Charles Gorman as John Longstreet
  • Charles Stephens as Diego
  • Alberta Lee as Miss Ruth

Release and reception

On its release, it was shown with a Mack Sennett/Keystone comedy.[8][9]

The film received generally positive reviews. The performances, especially those of the child actors, were praised as well.[10][11] Despite positive reviews for Bessie Love's performance,[12] it was noted that she was not yet a box office draw.[10][13]


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: A Sister of Six". Silent Era.
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911–20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  3. Slide, Anthony (September 12, 2010). Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. University Press of Kentucky. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-8131-2708-8.
  4. Love, Bessie (March 30, 1965). "Period: Early Hollywood". The Christian Science Monitor. p. 8.
  5. Kennedy, Thomas C. (October 21, 1916). "Current Releases Reviewed". Motography. Vol. 16 no. 17. pp. 937–8.
  6. "Reviews of Current Productions". The Moving Picture World. October 21, 1916. p. 379.
  7. "Triangle Releases for October 29th". The Moving Picture World. October 21, 1916. p. 409.
  8. "A Sister of Six (Triangle, 1916)". Heritage Auctions. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  9. McQuade, Jas S. (November 11, 1916). "Chicago News Letter". The Moving Picture World. Vol. 30 no. 6. p. 832.
  10. Burke, Frank W. (December 23, 1916). "What the Picture Did for Me". Motography. Vol. 16 no. 26. p. 1360.
  11. Trinz, S. (November 4, 1916). "What the Picture Did for Me". Motography. Vol. 16 no. 19. p. 1003.
  12. Von Harleman, G. P. (December 30, 1916). "News of Los Angeles and Vicinity". The Moving Picture World. Vol. 30 no. 13. p. 1948.
  13. Saxe, Martin (November 18, 1916). "What the Picture Did for Me". Motography. Vol. 16 no. 21. p. 1110.

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